Queer : A Graphic History
‘Queer Theory’ emerged in the academic sphere in the early 90’s out of the fields of queer studies and women’s studies. Most of us know queer as an umbrella term for the LGBT community or just individuals who are outside the heterosexual norm. The word Queer, however, has had it’s own journey through time.. from being associated with the anything 'strange' to being used as a form of homophobic hate speech.
So, what exactly is 'Queer Theory'?
The concept of ‘Queer Theory’ is usually associated with Teresa de Lauretis’s Queer Theory conference at the University of California. According to her, the purpose of queer theory was to
- Reject Heterosexuality as the standard on which all sexual formations are based
- Insist that sexual subjectivity is shaped through race and gender in a variety of ways
- To move away from the singular understanding of gay and lesbian studies.
However, a few years later, she rejected the term as people were not using it the way she intended to & the Theory itself was ever transforming. But, fortunately, the match to light the fire had been lit, resulting in a number of variations of queer theory, popularly cited thinkers in this area are Michel Foucalt and Judith Butler, many more..
Queer : A Graphic History is the by far the best and easiest way to dip your toes and obtain an invaluable introduction to the past, present and future of queer theory. Queer theory is now defined as a set of ideas based around the idea that identities are not fixed and do not determine who we are.
Still unsure? This book will ensure that you go from knowing nothing about queer theory to know enough to at least have a conversation in just about 175 pages. The content itself is well explained and gives you enough knowledge to know to where to look further to understand more about each individual topic. The author manages to engage the reader with information alone, while the art style makes the information heavy book an easy read.
Highly recommended for individuals who are curious about the topic, studying gender studies, feminist studies, etc. The book also provides references and resources for further reading. We guarantee, it’ll make you think !
Written by Meg-John Barker
Artwork by Julia Scheele
Publisher : Icon Books
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