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My dissertation brings theorists of queer childhood (Bruhm and Hurley 2004; Edelman 2004; Stockton 2009) into conversation with contemporary North American queer young adult fiction (queer YA), a genre that I suggest has come to bear a heavy pedagogical burden in the wake of recent intense media...
My doctoral dissertation examines the discursive strategies of ten organizations engaged in the 2008-2013 same-sex marriage battle of Proposition 8 in California. In November 2008 Californians voted to ban same-sex marriage under the state constitution through Proposition 8. Based on a queer...
While studies in Renaissance childhoods, literary and historical, are becoming more prominent, this work has failed to distinguish between children and adolescents, leaving youth, as such, largely unexamined. My project attends not to the children of early modern drama, but to post-pubescent...
Sex, sexual, and gender differences in Canadian K-12 schools: Theoretical and empirical perspectives on identity, policy, and practiceDownload
The research in this dissertation develops a multiperspective theoretical framework, which I describe as queer criticality, to guide the examination of discursive practices, educational policies, and public discourses that undergird heteronormativity and disproportionately impact the personal...
Hegemonic heterosexuality, moral regulation and the rhetoric of choice: single motherhood in the Canadian west, 1900 - Mid 1970'sDownload
Single motherhood has been socially constructed as a deviant identity category. Up against the master societal framework of hegemonic heterosexuality, single mothers, as a social group, have been systematically discriminated against and subjected to moral regulation. The single mother has...