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Queer: A Graphic History
Title : Queer: A Graphic History
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ISBN : 9781785780714
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 176

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 anActivist-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.


Queer: A Graphic History Reviews

  • Danika at The Lesbrary

    I wasn't expecting this to be queer /theory/! This is also more of a highly illustrated book than a graphic novel/graphic history. So basically, this was more intellectual than I was expecting. But that was great! Although sometimes it got a little intimidating, I think overall it did a great job in introducing a very dense, complex, sometimes incomprehensible subject. I took a Queer Theory class in university, so I was familiar with some of this, but it was a great refresher for those and intro [...]

  • l.

    Maybe I should write a review that explains why this book is such utter garbage.1. Queer theory is a plot (modification of Adrian Piper stating that post-structuralism is a plot). Queer is a meaningless word that is unresponsive to the realities faced by LGBT people, namely homophobia and transphobia. In using queer to mean anyone who is kewl and performative instead of using it to refer to people grouped together on the basis of shared oppression, you miss why LGBT people experience discriminat [...]

  • Elizabeth A

    Book blurb: 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.I was at a gathering recently where people were asked to introduce themselves, and identify which pronouns they prefer. Huh? There are times I feel so dang old. Sigh.This non [...]

  • PREZ

    El título es engañoso, debería llamarse "Queer: A Graphic History of Queer THEORY". Si estáis buscando una cronología de hechos importantes en la historia del activismo LGBT no es vuestro libro. Los conceptos son complejos y en muchas ocasiones no he llegado a captarlos estando tan resumidos, por lo que no podría recomendar el libro a nadie que no supiera algo de teoría queer de antemano (vamos, un user de twitter/tumblr :P). Tampoco se lo recomendaría a alguien versade en teoría queer. [...]

  • Nicole Craswell

    4.5 Stars.This is such a great overview of queer theory. This book at least touched on almost every concept I've studied in almost 2 years of university gender and queer studies and explains everything in a clear, concise way that makes some of the notoriously confusing concepts easy to understand. Seriously, I've never understood Foucault more clearly. Every idea is accompanies by pictures that both help with the explanations and also keep things interesting (let's be real, a lot of queer theor [...]

  • Alex Sarll

    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 introduction in the manner of those old beginner's guides (I say that like I read more than one, when in fact it was just Rius on Marx at an early age while bored at a family friend's). Still, it deals admirably with the difficulty of introducing and summarising theories whose very essence is to disputatiously [...]

  • Ada

    4 estrelles perquè penso que és un llibre molt difícil d'escriure. A vegades no m'ha acabat d'agradar l'estructura, per moments l'he trobada mica caòtica, però realment explica moltíssimes coses d'una manera bastant clara. El que m'ha agradat més, per això, és la constant revisió i com s'han inclòs de manera exhaustiva les diverses crítiques que s'han fet a la teoria queer. Tot i la voluntat de ser esquemàtic i directe, en cap moment cau en la simplificació.Un dia després, penso q [...]

  • kari

    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 of intersectionality, and list the issues of this developing academic field. A good read, even if you know your Foucault and Butler. I wanted to write that it puts things in place, but no. It sets them in unending, erratic motion, as queer theory should.

  • Megan (Magic & Musings)

    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-academic Megan-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 academics guide us on a journey through the [...]

  • Stewart Tame

    Wow. That was not at all what I expected, though not in a bad way. Certainly it was more of an intellectual workout than I was prepared for. Queer is an introduction to Queer Theory in graphic novel form. Although I just read the book, I doubt my ability to give a coherent summary of just what QT is. There's one quote that comes close to my hazy understanding, but it will take some setting up. Throughout the book, there are portraits of various writers and researchers whose work has contributed [...]

  • Lizzie (Littlehux) Huxley-Jones

    Here’s the thing: I’m queer in a number of ways. I’ve known I was attracted to multiple genders for a long time, but good old childhood shaming and being called “Lizzie the Lesbo” was enough for me to squash that side of me until I reached adulthood and eventually felt safe enough to think about it. I’ve known I was not a girl and not a boy either for my whole life, existing in the in-between and struggling with intermittent social and physical dysphoria. It was only in my late twent [...]

  • Caroline

    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, and gave voice to feelings I've had for years, not knowing there were entire concepts and fields of study based on them. I wish this book had been around when I was 14 years old and starting to understand myself as more than I had been told I could be. I honestly wish I could put this book into eve [...]

  • Chris Wolak

    Solid intro and/or review of Queer Theory. Impressed by the amount of information covered in such a short book. Great jumping off point to learn more.

  • Erin Wallace

    This book is full of oversimplifications, overt biases, and outright lies. Radical Feminists (called by an actual slur in this crap book) aren't "using" Butler's theories "to advance an agenda." They are practicing real feminism, which has nothing to do with Butler's neoliberal, PoMo, faux-academic garbage. There's a reason that Walmart carries this pile of shit in paper form. It's mainstream neoliberal propaganda.

  • Katbyrdie

    This book is missing an important word on the cover, THEORY. This isn't the graphic history of the queer community, but a short, illustrated introduction into queer theory. Anyone who has studied queer issues already knows the basics, and anyone wanting to know the basics needs more than the book offers.

  • Michael

    As I have gotten older, I have noticed that the world is changing. Of course, the world is always changing, but with age comes the perspective that what once was no longer is. Things that were 'normal' when I was a kid are now much less prevalent, while things that were radical, or fringe, have moved into the mainstream. I'm confident that my parents, my grandparents, and my great-grandparents had exactly the same observations. The world changes. So simple to write, so difficult to deal with!Cha [...]

  • Neeyati

    The only reason I'm withholding a star is because I had to read this really quickly for class, so I didn't get to sit with all the content as long as I would've liked. But I'm definitely going to re-read and probably even buy this one, so I'll update my rating then!For now, I'm really excited at the idea of taking theory outside of academia and exploring different mediums that change the way readers can engage with complex ideas. Of course a book like this can't get into precise detail about eve [...]

  • Giovanni Storiale

    Il principale lato positivo che ho trovato di questo testo è la sua schiacciante semplicità: ogni pagina è dedicata ad un tema del mondo Queer che viene descritto attraverso parole e disegni in maniera comprensibile a chiunque. É una fantastica carrellata dei principali pensatori femministi e LGBT+ che hanno aiutato alle definizioni di queer attraverso i loro scritti filosofici, accademici e femministi. Una lettura veloce che però rimanda indirettamente ad una bibliografia praticamente infi [...]

  • Laura

    Ik wist nog best veel niet, heel interessant en leuk opgezet.

  • Brianne

    This was very interesting and informative. I enjoyed the style and way the information was presented because I think it helped me understand everything a bit better. That being said, I'd like to read it again to really soak up all the info. I'd recommend it!

  • Alysia Verhagen

    For being a graphic, this book was beefy. A lot of academic language is used and honestly it felt like a long lecture. Needless to edit was difficult for me to get through, but there is a lot of great information about being queer and the different queer theories. I liked learning about the field through the history and the important theorists, but that's it. Highly recommend for someone needing/wanting to learn about queer theory, but not for someone looking for a light read.

  • Kev Hickey

    A tougher read than expected. I didn't really know anything about queer theory before reading this book and I assumed that this relatively short book, with all pages dominated by a drawing, would be an easy introduction. I was wrong. So much is crammed into the relatively few words, it can be difficult to keep up. Several pages had to be read several times for me to understand or follow. Having said that I did learn a lot and the cartoons generally did help me Grasp a basic understanding of many [...]

  • Rod Brown

    I sought out this work because of the subtitle, "A Graphic History." I was hoping for a graphic novel and instead received a pretty dull PowerPoint presentation. Basically a droning lecture is typeset in big blocks of text that float over bland illustrations that exhibit little continuity or flow. The most amusing part of the book for me was the several minutes I spent afterward using Google Images to search for the various real people whose images appear in the book and counting how many times [...]

  • Phoebe

    This is a GREAT skip-the-rocks overview of queer theories. It's not a graphic novel, more an illustrated guide. (Think of those 'picture dictionaries' of the '70s and '80s.) Overall, the author and illustrator do a solid job of offering the tenants of difficult-to-pin down ideas; the people, places and situations from whence ideas originated; and offered theories for how these ideas, issues, desires, activisms, theorists, researchers and efforts intersect. My biggest takeaway: Beware the Binary. [...]

  • Anna Bunce

    Excellent read! This book is a perfect overview: touches on major themes and explains them in an accessible (!!!Accessible Academia for the win!!!) manner with wonderful illustrations throughout! A great introduction to a nice diversity of Queer Theorists (and others). I loved this book. It would make a great jumping off point for people just being introduced to queer theory but also provides such a good overview that if this was all you read on queer theory you'd have a pretty solid understandi [...]

  • Maddy

    This was a lot more academic and heavier reading than I had prepared for. That being said, this book offers a decent amount of information on Queer Theory, especially as an introduction to such a complicated study. I didn't really realize how complicated it really was until I read this book. I do appreciate that they touched on many ongoing topics like biphobia, the trouble with TERFS, Trans issues, intersectionality, race, disability, and feminism in relation to Queer Theory. An LGBTQ history w [...]

  • Jackie

    I want to preface this saying that this book was not what I expected - I was expecting more of a comprehensive history of the queer community, rather than a primer on queer theory. That detracted from my enjoyment of the book a bit, but I do have to say that it was informative, and a fairly good introduction to queer theory and the difference aspects/facets of it. This was interesting, and the art was really good, and I did appreciate the opportunity (albeit unexpectedly) to learn more about que [...]

  • Norah

    So. This is a good start to queer theory, however misses out a few key things.It completely ignores the idea why some people reject the word queer. I identify as queer, but not exploring this is unfair to people who reject this umbrella-labelling in favour of other terms.It also claims, bewilderingly, that cishet people can be queer. Kinksters are not queer. Sorry, pals. It takes a lot of time to discuss lived experiences of actual queer people and then ignores the fact that a lot of queer peopl [...]

  • Kandise

    I didn't look at this all that closely when pulling it off a display shelf and I expected it to be maybe a first person narrative. It's actually a textbook. It's dense and nearly every page could be expanded into its own textbook, but as a "get up to speed" primer it's effective. Having read it I feel more educated but also more like a dinosaur.

  • Earl

    This was a good overview of a very expansive and expanding subject but it felt too dry for my taste. Although I have to give props that by disseminating all this formation in a graphic novel format actually made it more appealing.I admit some of the thinkings seemed very radical to me. There was at least one idea that I'm still pondering: in our struggle to fit in, have we forgotten if the mold is even something we should even aspire to?