O Presentation: Terms
O In-class writing:
O Global Revision Writing Workshop:
O You must have three copies of your essay to remain in
O Author Lecture: Leslie Feinberg
Social Identity: Social groups
that people belong to regarding
race, gender, sex, class, age, s
orientation, religion, ability, and
Voyeurism: when those with
privilege find elements of
entertainment in the lives of
people that are different or less
privileged than their own; the
act of being an onlooker to
another’s life that is less
powerful without relating to it
Climax: the moment in a play,
novel, short story, or narrative
poem at which the crisis comes
to its point of greatest intensity
and is resolved. It is also the
peak of emotional response
from a reader or spectator, and
it usually represents the turning
point in the action.
Essay: a short literary
composition on a particular
theme or topic, usually in prose
and generally thoughtful and
interpretative. This type of
writing is devoted to the
presentation of the writer’s own
ideas and generally addresses
a particular aspect of the
Peer Review – ARGUMENTATIVE
You will respond to each essay on
another sheet of paper or on the back of
the essay you are reviewing. Make sure
to put your name down as the reviewer.
Instructions: Read all three papers aloud BEFORE
WRITING (this is to ensure that everyone has time to
respond to each paper).
As you are reading along, quickly mark any obvious
errors or typos in the text. Do not offer advice about how
to fix the issues; just identify them for now.
After you have read all three, please answer the questions
on the handout as completely as possible (on the back of
the essay or on another sheet of paper).
Do not just give the paper and writer the stamp of
approval, or a “yes” or “no” answer—you will be doing
your partners a disservice. When you are done, return the
essay and your comments to the writer.
Get into Groups of Three
O Remember, read all three essays
O Answer all questions thoughtfully.
O Do not edit the papers you are reading (no
grammar or punctuation).
O We will work about an hour and a half, so
plan your time accordingly.
O Leslie Feinberg came of age
as a young butch lesbian in
the factories and gay bars of
Buffalo, N.Y. in the 1960s.
Since that time, Feinberg has
been a grass roots activist and
a journalist. Ze is known in the
lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender movements in the
U.S. and countries around the
world. The lesbian magazine
Curve named Feinberg one of
the “15 Most Influential” in the
battle for gay and lesbian
Feinberg is an outspoken opponent of traditional Western
concepts about how a “real man” or “real woman” should look
and act. Feinberg supports the use of gender-neutral
pronouns such as “ze” instead of he or she, and “hir” instead
of him or her.
Feinberg is well-known for forging a strong bond between the
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, and
other oppressed minorities. “Everyone who is under the gun
of reaction and economic violence is a potential ally,”
Stone Butch Blues (1993), Feinberg’s widely acclaimed first
book, is a semi-autobiographical novel about a lesbian
questioning her gender identity. It received an American
Literary Association Award for Gay and Lesbian Literature
and the Lambda Small Press Literary Award.
O Reading: Stone Butch Blues
Post #14: Revise and post essay #2
Post #15: Choose a few lines from Stone
Butch Blues and explain how and why they
stood out to you. Be sure to post your
quotation above your response
Bring: One clean, revised copy of your draft
Studying: Terms (Exam Class 13)