Queer theory is a developing field and there are complex nuances and variations to any approach. Here I look at The Great Gatsby, led by Lois Tyson’s Literary Criticism Today.
I teach Gatsby alongside Huck Finn and this will be a productive critical lens – the same sex pair of Huck and Jim, the lexis used by Jim towards his ‘honey’ and numerous other signs and cues in that text will make useful comparison with Gatsby.
Students need to recognise that a critical reading is that – not an undoubted ‘fact’, but a reading, an interpretation. This works and I will be asking my Upper 6th to fill out my stimulus when we return in the Autumn.