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Queerness in Play

Queerness in Play
A Book

by Todd Harper,Meghan Blythe Adams,Nicholas Taylor

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2018-10-19
  • Pages : 279
  • ISBN : 3319905422
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Queerness in Play examines the many ways queerness of all kinds—from queer as ‘LGBT’ to other, less well-covered aspects of the queer spectrum—intersects with games and the social contexts of play. The current unprecedented visibility of queer creators and content comes at a high tide of resistance to the inclusion of those outside a long-imagined cisgender, heterosexual, white male norm. By critically engaging the ways games—as a culture, an industry, and a medium—help reproduce limiting binary formations of gender and sexuality, Queerness in Play contributes to the growing body of scholarship promoting more inclusive understandings of identity, sexuality, and games.

Playing it Queer

Playing it Queer
Popular Music, Identity and Queer World-making

by Jodie Taylor

  • Publisher : Peter Lang
  • Release : 2012
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN : 3034305532
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Popular music has always been a dynamic mediator of gender and sexuality, and a productive site of rebellion, oddity and queerness. The transformative capacity of music-making, performance and consumption helps us to make sense of identity and allows us to glimpse otherworldliness, arousing the political imagination. With an activist voice that is impassioned yet adherent to scholarly rigour, "Playing it Queer" provides an original and compelling ethnographic account of the relationship between popular music, queer self-fashioning and (sub)cultural world-making. This book begins with a comprehensive survey and critical evaluation of relevant literatures on queer identity and political debates as well as popular music, identity and (sub)cultural style. Contextualised within a detailed history of queer sensibilities and creative practices, including camp, drag, genderfuck, queercore, feminist music and club cultures, the author's rich empirical studies of local performers and translocal scenes intimately capture the meaning and value of popular musics and (sub)cultural style in everyday queer lives.

Video Games Have Always Been Queer

Video Games Have Always Been Queer
A Book

by Bonnie Ruberg

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 2019-03-19
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1479843741
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Argues for the queer potential of video games While popular discussions about queerness in video games often focus on big-name, mainstream games that feature LGBTQ characters, like Mass Effect or Dragon Age, Bonnie Ruberg pushes the concept of queerness in games beyond a matter of representation, exploring how video games can be played, interpreted, and designed queerly, whether or not they include overtly LGBTQ content. Video Games Have Always Been Queer argues that the medium of video games itself can—and should—be read queerly. In the first book dedicated to bridging game studies and queer theory, Ruberg resists the common, reductive narrative that games are only now becoming more diverse. Revealing what reading D. A. Miller can bring to the popular 2007 video game Portal, or what Eve Sedgwick offers Pong, Ruberg models the ways game worlds offer players the opportunity to explore queer experience, affect, and desire. As players attempt to 'pass' in Octodad or explore the pleasure of failure in Burnout: Revenge, Ruberg asserts that, even within a dominant gaming culture that has proved to be openly hostile to those perceived as different, queer people have always belonged in video games—because video games have, in fact, always been queer.

Queerbaiting and Fandom

Queerbaiting and Fandom
Teasing Fans Through Homoerotic Possibilities

by Joseph Brennan

  • Publisher : Fandom & Culture
  • Release : 2019
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 160938671X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"In 2007, while giving a book talk, Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling revealed an interesting fact about beloved character Albus Dumbledore's love life. "Dumbledore is gay, actually," she said as the audience erupted in cheers. She added: "I would have told you earlier if I knew it would make you so happy." Though most fans initially praised the announcement, LGBTQ fans in particular questioned why the author chose to make it informally, while never actually writing explicitly gay characters into the storylines. As it turns out, this type of bait-and-switch is fairly common between fans and creators; there's even a term for it: "queerbaiting." In this first comprehensive examination of queerbaiting, fan studies scholar Joseph Brennan and his contributors examine cases like Rowling's to shed light on the exploitative industry practice of teasing homoerotic possibilities that, while hinted at, never materialize in the program narratives. Looking at everything from popular TV series to video games to children's programs, and more, these essayists--some of the biggest names in the emerging field of fan studies--explore the consequences of the misleading practice, both for fans and creators. The result is a first-of-its-kind collection that is sure to appeal equally to fan, queer, and media studies students and scholars"--

Queer Necropolitics

Queer Necropolitics
A Book

by Jin Haritaworn,Adi Kuntsman,Silvia Posocco

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2014-02-03
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN : 1136005285
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This book comes at a time when the intrinsic and self-evident value of queer rights and protections, from gay marriage to hate crimes, is increasingly put in question. It assembles writings that explore the new queer vitalities within their wider context of structural violence and neglect. Moving between diverse geopolitical contexts – the US and the UK, Guatemala and Palestine, the Philippines, Iran and Israel – the chapters in this volume interrogate claims to queerness in the face(s) of death, both spectacular and everyday. Queer Necropolitics mobilises the concept of ‘necropolitics’ in order to illuminate everyday death worlds, from more expected sites such as war, torture or imperial invasion to the mundane and normalised violence of racism and gender normativity, the market, and the prison-industrial complex. Contributors here interrogate the distinction between valuable and pathological lives by attending to the symbiotic co-constitution of queer subjects folded into life, and queerly abjected racialised populations marked for death. Drawing on diverse yet complementary methodologies, including textual and visual analysis, ethnography and historiography, the authors argue that the distinction between ‘war’ and ‘peace’ dissolves in the face of the banality of death in the zones of abandonment that regularly accompany contemporary democratic regimes. The book will appeal to activist scholars and students from various social sciences and humanities, particularly those across the fields of law, cultural and media studies, gender, sexuality and intersectionality studies, race, and conflict studies, as well as those studying nationalism, colonialism, prisons and war. It should be read by all those trying to make sense of the contradictions inherent in regimes of rights, citizenship and diversity.

Queer Love in Film and Television

Queer Love in Film and Television
Critical Essays

by Pamela Demory,Christopher Pullen

  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release : 2013-04-04
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN : 113727297X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This turn-of-the-century moment - when queer love has become increasingly visible in both popular culture and socio-political realms - provides an ideal occasion for a critical examination of same-sex love stories in the media. Focusing primarily on film and televisual texts from the ten years before and after the millennium, the essays collected in Queer Love in Film and Television ask how recent films and television programs play with, imitate, subvert, mock, critique, and queer the romantic narrative conventions so common in Western culture. The collection follows the trajectory of the conventional romance narrative, from the pursuit of romantic love to the creation of families, and then it pushes further, into marginal regions where conventional narratives fail to venture, and then turns back to consider how that narrative is itself transformed (or queered) through adaptation.

The Queer Games Avant-Garde

The Queer Games Avant-Garde
How LGBTQ Game Makers Are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games

by Bonnie Ruberg

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 9781478006589
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bonnie Ruberg presents twenty interviews with twenty-two queer video developers whose radical, experimental, vibrant, and deeply queer work is driving a momentous shift in the medium of video games.

How Pac-Man Eats

How Pac-Man Eats
A Book

by Noah Wardrip-Fruin

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 026204465X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"This book explains that the tools and concepts we use for making games are intimately connected to what games can and do mean"--

Queer Movie Medievalisms

Queer Movie Medievalisms
A Book

by Kathleen Coyne Kelly,Tison Pugh

  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release : 2009
  • Pages : 249
  • ISBN : 9780754675921
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Queer Movie Medievalisms is the first book of its kind to grapple with the ways in which mediations between past and present, as registered on the silver screen, queerly undercut assumptions about sexuality throughout time. It will be of great interest to scholars of Gender and Sexuality, Cultural and Media Studies, Film Studies and Medieval History.

Queer Dance

Queer Dance
A Book

by Clare Croft

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2017-04-28
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0199377332
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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If we imagine multiple ways of being together, how might that shift choreographic practices and help us imagine ways groups assemble in more varied ways than just pairing another man with another woman? How might dancing queerly ask us to imagine futures through something other than heterosexuality and reproduction? How does challenging gender binaries always mean thinking about race, thinking about the postcolonial, about ableism? What are the arbitrary rules structuring dance in all its arenas, whether concert and social or commercial and competition, and how do we see those invisible structures and work to disrupt them? Queer Dance brings together artists and scholars in a multi-platformed project-book, accompanying website, and live performance series to ask, "How does dancing queerly progressively challenge us?" The artists and scholars whose writing appears in the book and whose performances and filmed interviews appear online stage a range of genders and sexualities that challenge and destabilize social norms. Engaging with dance making, dance scholarship, queer studies, and other fields, Queer Dance asks how identities, communities, and artmaking and scholarly practices might consider what queer work the body does and can do. There is great power in claiming queerness in the press of bodies touching or in the exceeding of the body best measured in sweat and exhaustion. How does queerness exist in the realm of affect and touch, and what then might we explore about queerness through these pleasurable and complex bodily ways of knowing?

Bodies of Evidence

Bodies of Evidence
The Practice of Queer Oral History

by Nan Alamilla Boyd

  • Publisher : OUP USA
  • Release : 2012-02-17
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN : 0199742731
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When written sources are scarce, historians often turn to oral histories for evidence. Bodies of Evidence: The Practice of Queer Oral History is the first book to provide serious scholarly insight into the methodological practices that shape lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer oral histories. The volume opens up a critical dialogue on the challenges of creating an archive of queer lives. Highlighting the work of fourteen authors who focus their research on queer community history, culture, and politics, each chapter pairs an oral history excerpt with an original essay in which the oral historian addresses his or her methods and practices. With an afterword by the preeminent scholar in the field, John D'Emilio, this collection enables readers to examine both a series of oral histories and analysis of the role memory, desire, sexuality, and gender play in documenting LGBTQ communities and cultures. The historical themes addressed within include lesbian bar history in San Francisco (c. 1940s, 1950s); early homophile organizing and social activism in Los Angeles (c. 1950s and 1960s); Third World Liberation and feminist antiwar activism in the U.S. and Canada (c. 1960s, 1970s); electoral politics and the career of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco (1970s); Latino AIDS memory and activism in San Francisco (1980s, 1990s); and the war in Iraq (2000s). The methodological themes addressed in this book that are relevant to the practice of oral history include questions of sexual self-disclosure and voyeurism in the uses of oral history methods by queer studies scholars; the intimacy between researcher and narrator negotiated through multiple oral history interviews and on-going casual conversations; the production of comparative racial and sexual identities within the context of oral history interviews; the production of in-group mythology by same-sexuality interviewing--and the possible benefits of cross-sexuality and cross-ideology interviewing; what heterosexually-identified narrators can tell us about LGBTQ life and death; the silences imposed by repressive U.S. government policy about sexual self-disclosure and the limits of permissible speech in highly politicized discourses such as "gays in the military." These themes provide new and insightful structures for thinking about oral history methods--both in general and in relation to the production of LGBTQ history.

Crip Theory

Crip Theory
Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability

by Robert McRuer

  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release : 2006-06-01
  • Pages : 301
  • ISBN : 9780814757130
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Crip Theory attends to the contemporary cultures of disability and queerness that are coming out all over. Both disability studies and queer theory are centrally concerned with how bodies, pleasures, and identities are represented as “normal” or as abject, but Crip Theory is the first book to analyze thoroughly the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields inform each other. Drawing on feminist theory, African American and Latino/a cultural theories, composition studies, film and television studies, and theories of globalization and counter-globalization, Robert McRuer articulates the central concerns of crip theory and considers how such a critical perspective might impact cultural and historical inquiry in the humanities. Crip Theory puts forward readings of the Sharon Kowalski story, the performance art of Bob Flanagan, and the journals of Gary Fisher, as well as critiques of the domesticated queerness and disability marketed by the Millennium March, or Bravo TV’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. McRuer examines how dominant and marginal bodily and sexual identities are composed, and considers the vibrant ways that disability and queerness unsettle and re-write those identities in order to insist that another world is possible.

Queer Theory and the Jewish Question

Queer Theory and the Jewish Question
A Book

by Daniel Boyarin,Daniel Itzkovitz,Ann Pellegrini

  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release : 2003
  • Pages : 413
  • ISBN : 9780231113748
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Cast Out

Cast Out
Queer Lives in Theater

by Robin Bernstein

  • Publisher : University of Michigan Press
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 233
  • ISBN : 9780472069330
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Cast Out is a collection of memoirs and interviews by twenty-two leading performers, playwrights, technicians, producers, critics, educators, and passionate spectators. The book offers a backstage pass to the personal and creative lives of some of the most important and influential theater artists of the past fifty years.

The Queer Art of Failure

The Queer Art of Failure
A Book

by Judith Halberstam

  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 2011-09-19
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN : 0822350459
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Queer Art of Failure is about finding alternatives - to conventional understandings of success in a heteronormative, capitalist society; to academic disciplines that confirm what is already known according to approved methods of knowing; and to cultural criticism that has extensively theorized hegemony but paid little attention to counter-hegemony. Judith Halberstam proposes "low theory" as a means of recovering ways of being and forms of knowledge not legitimized by existing systems and institutions. Low theory is derived from eccentric archives. It runs the risk of not being taken seriously. It entails a willingness to fail and to lose one's way. Tacking back and forth between high theory and low theory, high culture and low culture, Halberstam looks for the unexpected and subversive in popular culture, avant-garde performance, and queer art. She pays particular attention to animated children's films, contending that new forms of animation, especially CGI, have generated narratives filled with unexpected encounters between the childish, the transformative, and the queer. Dismantling contemporary logics of success, Halberstam demonstrates that failure sometimes offers more creative, cooperative, and surprising ways of being in the world.

Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture

Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture
A Book

by Jennifer Higginbotham,Mark Albert Johnston

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2018-05-14
  • Pages : 281
  • ISBN : 3319727699
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This volume analyzes early modern cultural representations of children and childhood through the literature and drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Contributors include leading international scholars of the English Renaissance whose essays consider asexuals and sodomites, roaring girls and schoolboys, precocious princes and raucous tomboys, boy actors and female apprentices, while discussing a broad array of topics, from animal studies to performance theory, from queer time to queer fat, from teaching strategies to casting choices, and from metamorphic sex changes to rape and cannibalism. The collection interrogates the cultural and historical contingencies of childhood in an effort to expose, theorize, historicize, and explicate the spectacular queerness of early modern dramatic depictions of children.

Women's Literary Collaboration, Queerness, and Late-Victorian Culture

Women's Literary Collaboration, Queerness, and Late-Victorian Culture
A Book

by Jill R. Ehnenn

  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release : 2008
  • Pages : 207
  • ISBN : 9780754652946
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As she explores the collaborations of Vernon Lee (Violet Paget) and Kit Anstruther-Thomson; Somerville and Ross (Edith Somerville and Violet Martin); Elizabeth Robins and Florence Bell; and Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper (the pseudonymous Michael Field), Jill R. Ehnenn offers a timely interrogation into the different histories and functions of women's literary partnerships. Her book will be a valuable resource for scholars of Victorian culture, women's and gender studies, and collaborative writing.

Monsters in the Closet

Monsters in the Closet
Homosexuality and the Horror Film

by Harry M. Benshoff

  • Publisher : Manchester University Press
  • Release : 1997-11-15
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN : 9780719044731
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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One of the few books to address the horror film from any kind of critical position.. Unique - The first history of the horror film to approach it from a queer perspective.. Written with detail and thoroughness - covers all eras of the horror film and correlates specific types of movie monsters to the historical social conditions which produced them.. Explores how popular culture encodes and demonizes queerness within the generic format of the horror film.

Gay Skins

Gay Skins
Class, Masculinity and Queer Appropriation

by Murray Healy

  • Publisher : Burns & Oates
  • Release : 1996
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Inarticulate, aggro-loving and hard as fuck, the mythical figure of the skinhead has embodied fears and fantasies about straight, white working-class masculinity for nearly thirty years. Dressed in standard issue flying jacket, crotch-clutching Levis and shiny DM boots, he was destined for homoeroticism. Through accounts from straight skinhead subculture, contemporary news coverage, subcultural theories and the memories of gay skins in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Healy puts the boot into those myths of masculinity and challenges assumptions about class, queerness and real men. Tracing the historical development of the gay skin from 1968, he assesses what gay men have done to the hardest cult of them all -- and how it has transformed the gay scene.

Shakesqueer

Shakesqueer
A Queer Companion to the Complete Works of Shakespeare

by Madhavi Menon

  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release : 2011-02-01
  • Pages : 494
  • ISBN : 0822348454
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Shakesqueer puts the most exciting queer theorists in conversation with the complete works of William Shakespeare. Exploring what is odd, eccentric, and unexpected in the Bard’s plays and poems, these theorists highlight not only the many ways that Shakespeare can be queered but also the many ways that Shakespeare can enrich queer theory. This innovative anthology reveals an early modern playwright insistently returning to questions of language, identity, and temporality, themes central to contemporary queer theory. Since many of the contributors do not study early modern literature, Shakesqueer takes queer theory back and brings Shakespeare forward, challenging the chronological confinement of queer theory to the last two hundred years. The book also challenges conceptual certainties that have narrowly equated queerness with homosexuality. Chasing all manner of stray desires through every one of Shakespeare’s plays and poems, the contributors cross temporal, animal, theoretical, and sexual boundaries with abandon. Claiming adherence to no one school of thought, the essays consider The Winter’s Tale alongside network TV, Hamlet in relation to the death drive, King John as a history of queer theory, and Much Ado About Nothing in tune with a Sondheim musical. Together they expand the reach of queerness and queer critique across chronologies, methodologies, and bodies. Contributors. Matt Bell, Amanda Berry, Daniel Boyarin, Judith Brown, Steven Bruhm, Peter Coviello, Julie Crawford, Drew Daniel, Mario DiGangi, Lee Edelman, Jason Edwards, Aranye Fradenburg, Carla Freccero, Daniel Juan Gil, Jonathan Goldberg, Jody Greene, Stephen Guy-Bray, Ellis Hanson, Sharon Holland, Cary Howie, Lynne Huffer, Barbara Johnson, Hector Kollias, James Kuzner , Arthur L. Little Jr., Philip Lorenz, Heather Love, Jeffrey Masten, Robert McRuer , Madhavi Menon, Michael Moon, Paul Morrison, Andrew Nicholls, Kevin Ohi, Patrick R. O’Malley, Ann Pellegrini, Richard Rambuss, Valerie Rohy, Bethany Schneider, Kathryn Schwarz, Laurie Shannon, Ashley T. Shelden, Alan Sinfield, Bruce Smith, Karl Steel, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Amy Villarejo, Julian Yates