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A few weeks ago I participated in a one-day “retreat” in Nagoya, Japan (click me to view the powerpoint) where I met a recent MA grad whose thesis examines the very topic of my dissertation. Mr. Moore and I were excited to share our ideas and I’ve since had the pleasure of reading his research. His conclusions support my hypotheses and reflect my concern about queer representation in the English classroom. More importantly, I see Moore’s work as a kind of pathway into an immense wilderness, and my task is to continue the path , broaden it, and take it in a new direction.

As I sat on the bus to the Seoul airport this morning I considered specific speech acts such as the “coming out proclamation”, acts of identification (such as “I am this or that”), and the significance of words, revelation, and self-acceptance. This led me to wonder if perhaps I have heard the call to focus yet even more succinctly, for example: Discovering Voices, Discovering Selves: Queer desire, English language and acts of identification in Japan. Do I want to focus on acts of revelation and discuss the semiotic significance of doing so in a second language? Hmmm.

And still there is a strong voice within me that suggests an entire world will be revealed after I collect data from participants. This world will help me continue the path…

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