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

  • Danika at The Lesbrary
    Mar 12, 2017

    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 th...

  • Elizabeth A
    Jan 30, 2017

    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...

  • l.
    May 12, 2017

    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 meaningle...

  • 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...

  • Nicole Craswell
    Jan 20, 2017

    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 everythin...

  • 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...

  • Megan (Magic & Musings)
    Jul 21, 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...

  • Stewart Tame
    Feb 22, 2017

    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 f...

  • 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,...

  • Chris Wolak
    Feb 09, 2017

    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....

About Meg-John Barker

Meg-John Barker

Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Their popular books include the (anti-)self-help relationship book Rewriting the Rules, The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb), Queer: A Graphic History (with Julia Scheele), and Enjoy Sex, How, When and If You Want To (with Justin Hancock). Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psy