I'm thinking about centering my English 101 teaching next semester around conceptions of gender, sexuality and interpersonal relationships; just a "theme" to lead our readings of the classic stuff: short stories by Faulkner, Melville, James Baldwin, Kafka and the crew. Anyway, this article problematizes the teaching of radical material (queer theory) within a nice-nice secular humanist philosophy. The cutting-edge theories of the last 40 years have worked against universalist notions -- such as the idea that the "grand narrative is dead" (Lyotard), i.e the idea that a singular, unitary philosophy has room for the scope and depth of possible human identity.
Nevertheless, since it'll likely be my last two semesters at the UofA, the student evaluations are meaningless, and what's important to me is representing a radical authenticity in the classroom. I think misterskank calls this "truth." --a