This paper brings together the (seemingly) disparate disciplines of Literature and Social Work to investigate issues of teaching lesbian representation, oppression, and marginalization. We will begin by exploring the ways in which such issues remain themselves marginalized in both Literary Studies and Social Work, and how these institutional practices impede imaginative and actual collaborative interchanges. We argue here that Literary Studies and Social Work are not just complementary but, in fact, inextricable pedagogical and disciplinary perspectives from which to explore lesbian literary texts within personal, social and political contexts. In this paper we review the literature regarding pedagogical approaches to teaching lesbian oppression within both disciplines and we outline three bodies of theory that encompass these disciplines, which can inform the development of the course and the pedagogical practices within it. In closing we provide recommendations for course development.
|Keywords:||Lesbian, Oppression, Collaborative Teaching, Literary Studies, Social Work|
Graduate Student, Department of English, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Instructor, Department of English, Faculty of Humanities, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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