Reading Yourself Queer Later in Life: Bisexual Literacies, Temporal Fluidity, and the Teaching of Composition

Authors

  • Beth Buyserie Utah State University

Keywords:

bisexual literacies, later-in-life literacies, queer literacies, bisexual erasure and invisibility, survival, sexual fluidity

Abstract

Because bisexuality, even within queer spaces, is often made invisible and erased, here I argue that bisexual literacy practices are also often similarly invisible and erased. Additionally, I ask that we consider bisexual survival and literacy in terms of age and sexual fluidity. Creating space for people to identify as queer throughout their lives—and to recognize sexual fluidity as an embodied literacy practice that challenges normativity—is, I argue, also necessary for survival. Yet as I tried to read myself queer later in life, the literacy practices that had once sustained me were no longer life-affirming. When even queer texts fail to sustain us, what options do we have for survival? How do we teach, how do we live, when we know that literacy and composition practices are often simultaneously a means of both survival and risk? In this essay, I interrogate how bisexual and later-in-life literacies challenge normative reading practices and contribute to queer literacies and possibilities for survival. I argue that we need more possibilities for bisexual and later-in-life reading and writing practices, both to affirm who we are and to help navigate the binaries that insist we deny part of our identities.

Author Biography

Beth Buyserie, Utah State University

Beth Buyserie is the Director of Composition and Assistant Professor of English at Utah State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education from Washington State University in May 2018. Her work focuses on writing program administration, the teaching of composition, critical pedagogies, professional learning, and the intersections of language, knowledge, and power through the lenses of queer theory and critical race theory. As the Director of Composition, Dr. Buyserie mentors all Graduate Instructors in the teaching of English 1010 and 2010. She teaches English 6820, the graduate pedagogy course that prepares GIs to teach English 1010, as well as English 1010 and 2010. Dr. Buyserie particularly enjoys learning with and from both undergraduate and graduate students, and each day learns something new about the teaching of composition from students’ energy, insight, and lived experiences. Dr. Buyserie is available to serve on graduate thesis committees concerning any aspect of rhetoric and composition, cultural studies, queer theory, critical race theory, and pedagogy.

 

Published

2022-03-08

How to Cite

Buyserie, B. (2022). Reading Yourself Queer Later in Life: Bisexual Literacies, Temporal Fluidity, and the Teaching of Composition. Literacy in Composition Studies, 9(2), 28-47. Retrieved from https://licsjournal.org/index.php/LiCS/article/view/2191