ISSN: 20430701
First published in 2011
2 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 1
Cover Date: April 2014
‘Sometimes Two People like Each Other Who Shouldn’t’: Díaz, Schickler and Bradbury stories that defamiliarize the teacher–student relationship
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Authors:  Steve Gronert Ellerhoff 
DOI: 10.1386/fict.4.1.51_1

Keywords
short stories,Junot Díaz,David Schickler,Ray Bradbury,educator sexual abuse,female sex offenders,teacher–student sex,sex scandals

Abstract
Charles E. May’s assertion that Junot Díaz’s ‘Miss Lora’, 2013 winner of The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, is not outstanding is challenged. The current discourse on teacher–student sex scandals is used to inform a reading of Díaz’s story that reveals its success under critical scrutiny. Sheila L. Cavanagh’s sociological work on the sex scandals surrounding white female teachers is incorporated alongside James Knoll’s work as a psychologist on profiling sexually predatory female teachers. ‘The Smoker’ by David Schickler and ‘These Things Happen’ by Ray Bradbury are also analysed as fitting into the trope of students and teachers developing relationships that fall outside the bounds of the white heteronormative master narrative. May’s claim that short stories succeed in ‘defamiliarizing’ our everyday constructs of reality is shown to occur in each story in relation to our expectations of the sexual boundaries between teachers and students.
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