We've had this book in the shop since it was released, but now realize that we have been remiss in not offering it here as well. An engaging tour of the world of Queer Theory which is in some respects an ex post facto assemblage of those writers – theorists, essayists, academics, activists, et al – that can now, from the vantage point of the present, be seen as having been working towards this before the label had been coined, Queer: A Graphic History is a highly accessible overview of this ever more relevant field. Writer Meg-John Barker and cartoonist Julia Scheele mesh quite well and together leverage the power of illustration to painlessly and efficiently deliver a giant stockpile of of history, theory and information. Queer: A Graphic History is an ideal entrypoint for anyone interested in gaining access to the perspectives offered by this branch of study. Readers will not only receive immediate enlightenment but will be introduced to the key figures in the development of what has come to be known as Queer Theory.
From the publisher:
From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexualtiy in the ways that we do , and how culture can shift our perspective of what's 'normal'.
‘This hopeful and welcoming attitude should encourage readers to queer their own lives in whatever ways feel right.’
– Publishers Weekly
‘Yanks the jargon of Foucault, Butler and a who’s who of philosophers down from the clouds and into simple, clear messages’
– Sydney Morning Herald
‘Could totally change the way you think about sex and gender … an utterly un-dusty tome that questions everything from the way we categorise our sexual desire to the foundations of happiness.’
‘Students everywhere rejoice! For we have an explanation of queer theory that is simple, comprehensive, critical and inclusive … as well as having popular culture references to make the ideas stick.’
– Katherine Hubbard, University of Surrey