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Queer: A Graphic History (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Dr. Meg-John Barker (Autor)

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"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. A kaleidoscope of characters from the diverse worlds of pop-culture, film, activism and academia guide us on a journey through the ideas, people and events that have shaped queer "theory". 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", such as Alfred Kinsey's view of sexuality as a spectrum between heterosexuality and homosexuality, Judith Butler's view of gendered behavior as a performance, the play Wicked, which reinterprets characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 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,"--Amazon.com.Though not a graphic novel, this high illustrated nonfiction book explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do. Barker and Scheele show 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. Each page focuses on a specific aspect of the subject.… (mais)
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Título:Queer: A Graphic History
Autores:Dr. Meg-John Barker (Autor)
Informação:Icon Books (2016), Edition: Illustrated, 176 pages
Colecções:GLBTQ Resource Center, A sua biblioteca
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Gosh darn it, I did not want to rate this book so lowly, but it's entirely my fault. I read Erica Moen's glowing review of this book all the way back in 2016 and I guess I forgot (a lot of) the details over time, because I went into this book expecting something very different from what it is.

Based on that subtitle, "A Graphic History", I anticipated a comic-style format introduction to the history of queerness, of being queer, in society throughout history. Instead, Barker and Scheele give us a crash course in queer theory, largely as an academic discipline with only a side order of on-the-street LGBT feelings about some ideas--such as the changing perception of "queer" as identity, slur, and reclaimed term.

The format is very different from what I expect when I see the word "graphic"--not panels, but large illustrations that take up most of the page, with the explanatory text shoved up at the top and the bottom in regular font. The illustrations are occasionally helpful illustrations of abstract concepts--and there are a lot of abstract concepts--but they're often just pictures of critical theorists, and these pictures are recycled any time these theorists come up. I might not critique that in a book more like [b:The Cartoon Introduction to Economics|7333109|The Cartoon Introduction to Economics Volume One Microeconomics|Yoram Bauman|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1416448134l/7333109._SX50_.jpg|8990957], but in that book there more small pictures breaking down and illustrating concepts step-by-step. Queer, while it has the significant benefits of being concise and friendly-looking, does not take advantage of the illustrated format. Even with just a few paragraphs a page, I found my brain floating in space with the kind of "mind blown" feeling that's more like "exploded into bits" than "expanded understanding."

In other words, this book requires work. Not a problem, just waaaaay out of left field compared to what I expected.

Now that I've adjusted my expectations, I'm going to go back and start again. A chief and--I cannot stress this enough--significant strength of this book is how very concise it is. I can tell that these concepts, as difficult as I may find them on an evening where I wanted something lighter, have been boiled down to the basis. I found the first third of the book and approachable and friendly walk through of more basic concepts, like intersectionality. It was only when we started wading into the weeds of which academic/thinker said what that it started feeling really dense, at which point the conciseness was what saved me from being totally lost.

So I do recommend this book--but only if you, unlike me, do your research and know what you're getting into. Fortunately I got lucky and found my copy on the $1 cart at Strand, so I feel like I got a great deal for what is, essentially, a light-but-meaty academic book.

(Here's another case where I'm not sure what to do about the star rating. The two is for me, personally, not for the quality of the book itself.)

((I'm so far behind in reviews... Might just have to do ratings for some of them, sadly.))
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  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
a graphic history about queer theory manages to make high academic thought accessible to anyone. having no background in any queer theory this book managed to be a nice introduction to the topics as a whole. it really made me want to take a class or two about queer theory!
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  Powerfuldragon | Oct 21, 2021 |
Even a popular treatment of queer theory is necessarily dense and heady, and I'll have to look at this more times so I can absorb it further. At the moment my mind is blown by the notion of homonormativity. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | May 23, 2021 |
An oversimplification of queer theory and often conflates ideas or states things that are entirely incorrect. The art is cool though. ( )
  thereserose5 | Mar 3, 2021 |
I like that theory exists, but generally I don't want anything to do with it. As a research scientist I was firmly an experimentalist. And in general I am more of an action-oriented person than a pure-thought person (while I also appreciate that the people who do favor theory have bridged the gap to get me to where I am able to take action on things).

There were some interesting nuggets in this book, and it definitely helped me to appreciate theory maybe a tiny bit more by giving it illustrations, but otherwise I was just kind of bored by the whole thing.

Also, due to my lack of theoretical knowledge in queer / gender theory, I lack the ability to critique this book on a higher level, as other commenters have done. I will admit that there probably are large flaws in this book that I am unable to detect, so I will leave that as a warning to others who, like me, don't know Sartre from Nietzsche. ( )
  lemontwist | Feb 27, 2021 |
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"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. A kaleidoscope of characters from the diverse worlds of pop-culture, film, activism and academia guide us on a journey through the ideas, people and events that have shaped queer "theory". 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", such as Alfred Kinsey's view of sexuality as a spectrum between heterosexuality and homosexuality, Judith Butler's view of gendered behavior as a performance, the play Wicked, which reinterprets characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 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,"--Amazon.com.Though not a graphic novel, this high illustrated nonfiction book explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do. Barker and Scheele show 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. Each page focuses on a specific aspect of the subject.

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