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A Dialogue on the Constructions of GLBT and Queer Ethos: “I Belong to a Culture That Includes …”

Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Humanities 2019, 8(2), 97; https://doi.org/10.3390/h8020097
Received: 25 April 2019 / Revised: 5 May 2019 / Accepted: 5 May 2019 / Published: 16 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Histories of Ethos: World Perspectives on Rhetoric)
Invoking a dialogue between two scholars, authors Jane Hoogestraat and Hillery Glasby discuss the exigence for, construction of, and differentiation between LGBT and queer ethos. Drawing from Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart and the construction of a gay identity, the text explores connections between queer theory, LGBT(Q) ethos, and queer futurity, ultimately arguing for a more nuanced and critical understanding of the undecidability and performativity of LGBT and queer ethos. In framing LGBT and queer ethos as being at the same time a self and socially constructed and mediated—legitimate and illegitimate—ethos can be understood not only as a site for rhetorical agency, but also as an orientation and a form of activism. Finally, the text offers a case study of Adrienne Rich’s “Yom Kippur,” which is a poem that offers a queer (and) Jewish perspective on identity—from an individual and community level—exhibiting both an LGBT and queer ethos. View Full-Text
Keywords: GLBT/LGBTQ; queer; ethos; normativity; homonormativity; polemic; futurity; undecidability; re/disorientation; legitimacy; rhetorical agency; outness GLBT/LGBTQ; queer; ethos; normativity; homonormativity; polemic; futurity; undecidability; re/disorientation; legitimacy; rhetorical agency; outness
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Hoogestraat, J.; Glasby, H. A Dialogue on the Constructions of GLBT and Queer Ethos: “I Belong to a Culture That Includes …”. Humanities 2019, 8, 97.

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