Queer: A Graphic History
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Queer: A Graphic History


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.

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’ – Alfred Kinsey’s view of sexuality as a spectrum, Judith Butler’s view of gendered behaviour as a performance, the play Wicked, 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.

Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.

Title:Queer: A Graphic History
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:176 pages

    Queer: A Graphic History Reviews

  • Megan (Magic & Musings)
    Aug 08, 2016

    This review was originally posted here on my blog, Magic & Musings. Check it out!* Icon Books kindly sent me a copy of Queer for review, but my opinions below are just that: my opinions! *'Activist-ac...

  • kari
    Jan 07, 2017

    Clever, accessible and comprehensive introduction to queer theory. And the authors don't shy away from critique - they're quick to point out when they themselves fall into binaries, they notice lack o...

  • Alex Sarll
    Jan 02, 2017

    For some reason I'd expected this to be a sort of Alice in Sunderland if Sunderland were the chosen name of one of Alice's non-binary partners. Whereas really it's much more an illustrated introductio...

  • Vivek Tejuja
    Jan 07, 2017

    The terrible feeling of wanting to like a book but the book not being the kind you expected it to be is known to most readers. This happened to me while reading this book. I really wanted to enjoy ?...

  • Begoa
    Dec 30, 2016

    One of the best books I've ever read, and a door to so many other interesting ideas?I'm going to give this book to everybody I love....

  • Kirstie
    Nov 28, 2016

    Love the art and love the amount of detail in this text. Although I can definitely see problems with the practicality of queer theory I do think it features some important points which were covered ni...

  • Errrrrrick
    Jan 08, 2017

    Excellent introduction to queer academic theory.This is an introduction to queer academic theory in comic form (think Cartoon History of the Universe but for queer theory). If you're hearing terms lik...

  • Caroline
    Dec 05, 2016

    Listen. I loved this book. It's educational without being too esoteric. It stakes positions but isn't preachy. It's accessible and inclusive. It made me consider familiar topics from new perspectives,...

  • Danni Green
    Dec 31, 2016

    I was not as impressed with this as I thought I would be. Based on the title, I thought it was going to be a book about queer history, in graphic form. It is actually about queer theory, not about que...

  • Angelique
    Jan 07, 2017

    Great - a lot of info and very ambitious. The graphics really worked here to break up, at times, highly academic info. I felt it spent too much time introducing Queer Theory, which meant less time for...