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Author Barker, Meg-John, 1974- author

Title Queer : a graphic history / Meg-John Barker, Julia Scheele
Published London : Icon Books Ltd, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (175 pages) : illustrations
Contents Title Page; Copyright; Contents; How to Introduce Queer Theory; Who are You?; Making Things Perfectly Queer; Where We're Headed; What is "Queer"?; "Queer" Meaning Strange; "Queer" as Hate Speech; Reclaiming "Queer"; Queer Umbrella?; Queerer Umbrella?; Queering Queer; Multiple Meanings of Queer; Queer Interventions; What Queer has in Common: Anti-identity Politics; How We Came to Think this Way about Sex: A (Very) Potted History; Understandings are Always Contextual; The Early Sexologists; Open and Closed Doors: Early Sexological Understandings; Freud; Open and Closed Doors: Freud's Theories
Masters and Johnson and Sex TherapyOpen and Closed Doors: Early Sex Therapy; Gay Rights Movement; Open and Closed Doors: Early Gay Rights Movements; How We Think about Sex; Key Assumption 1: Identities are Fixed and Essential; Key Assumption 2: Sexuality and Gender are Binary; Key Assumption 3: Normal and Abnormal Sex Can Usefully be Distinguished; Enter Queer Theory; Precursors to Queer Theory; The Existentialists; Sartre's Homosexual; De Beauvoir; Becoming; Kinsey: Sexual Diversity; Kinsey: Categories are an Invention; Kinsey's Legacy; Simon and Gagnon's Sexual Scripts; Bem's Androgyny
Black FeministsMultiple Identities and Marginalization; Rich's Compulsory Heterosexuality; (De)Constructing Compulsory Heterosexuality; Wittig's Straight Mind; Crenshaw's Intersectionality; Rubin's Thinking Sex; The Sex Hierarchy; The Domino Theory; Gay Rights/Queer Activism; After Stonewall; Hiv/Aids and Activism; Queer Agendas; The Turn to Post-structuralism; Post -structuralism 101; Occupying Our Identity; Subjectivity; Queer Theory is Born; De Lauretis; Queer Today, Gone Tomorrow?; Key Features; Foucault and Butler; Michel Foucault; The Panopticon; Self-monitoring Society
Neoliberal Consumer CapitalismPower; Bodies and Normality; Docile -- and Insecure -- Bodies; Discourses and Technologies of the Self; Power Relations; Judith Butler; The Category of Woman; What Butler Saw; The Assumptions of Identity Politics; The Heterosexual Matrix; Challenging the Heterosexual Matrix; Gender Performativity; Doing Gender; Gender Trouble; Foucault and Butler Recap; Foucauldian-butlerian Resistance; Heteronormativity; Heteronormativity, Homophobia, and Heterosexism; ... Oh My!; Straight Privilege; Problems with Privilege; Other Normativities; Interrogating Heteronormativity
Inside/OutComing Out; Sedgwick: How to Bring Your Kids up Gay; The Epistemology of the Closet; Nature/Nurture; Assumed Norms; Queer Beyond Sexuality and Gender; Queer Engagements; Focus on Texts; Discourse Analysis; Playing with Language; Queering; Queer Moments; Camp; Halberstam and Low Theory; "Dude, Where's My Gender?"; Collectivism in Finding Nemo; Queer Art; Guerrilla Tactics; Queer Biology; Nature/Nurture; The Heteronormative Gaze of Science; Evolution's Rainbow and Biological Exuberance; Sexing the Body; Delusions of Gender; Biopsychosocial; Sexual Configurations; Critical Sexology
Summary "Activist-academic Meg John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele illuminate the histories of queer thought and LGBTQ+ action in this groundbreaking non-fiction graphic novel. A kaleidoscope of characters from the diverse worlds of pop-culture, film, activism and academia guide us on a journey through the ideas, people and events that have shaped queer "theory". From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged. Along the way we look at key landmarks which shift our perspective of what's "normal", such as Alfred Kinsey's view of sexuality as a spectrum between heterosexuality and homosexuality, Judith Butler's view of gendered behavior as a performance, the play Wicked, which reinterprets characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, or moments in Casino Royale when we're invited to view James Bond with the kind of desiring gaze usually directed at female bodies in mainstream media, "
Though not a graphic novel, this high illustrated nonfiction book explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do. Barker and Scheele show how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged. Each page focuses on a specific aspect of the subject
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (page 174)
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed September 25, 2019)
Subject Queer theory -- Comic books, strips, etc
Queer theory -- Pictorial works
Gender identity -- Comic books, strips, etc
Sex -- Comic books, strips, etc
Medicine -- Comic books, strips, etc
Form Electronic book
Genre/Form Pictorial works.
Illustrated works.
Graphic novels.
Nonfiction comics.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Comics (Graphic works)
Comics (Graphic works)
Nonfiction comics.
Graphic novels.
Illustrated works.
Author Scheele, Julia, author
ISBN 9781785780721