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Queer: A Graphic History (Introducing...)
by Meg-John Barker

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English

Pages

176

Publication Date

September 08, 2016

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<b>'Queer: A Graphic History Could Totally Change the Way You Think About Sex and Gender' <i>Vice</i></b><br /> <br /><br /> <br />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.<br /> <br /><br /> <br />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.<br /> <br /><br /> <br />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. <br /> <br /><br /> <br />Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.
Approaches to Teaching Bechdel’s Fun Home (Approaches to Teachi...
by The Modern Language Association of America

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English

Pages

216

Publication Date

October 01, 2018

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<p>Alison Bechdel's <i>Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic</i> has quickly joined the ranks of celebrated literary graphic novels. Set in part at a family-run funeral home, the book explores Alison's complicated relationship with her father, a closeted gay man. Amid the tensions of her home life, Alison discovers her own lesbian sexuality and her talent for drawing. The coming-of-age story and graphic format appeal to students. However, the book's nonlinear structure; intertextuality with modernist novels, Greek myths, and other works; and frank representations of sexuality and death present challenges in the classroom.</p><p>This volume offers strategies for teaching <i>Fun Home</i> in a variety of courses, including literature, women's and gender studies, art, and education. Part 1, "Materials," outlines the text's literary, historical, and theoretical allusions. The essays of part 2, "Approaches," emphasize the work's genres, including autobiography and graphic narrative, as well as its psychological dimensions, including trauma, disability, and queer identity. The essays give options for reading <i>Fun Home</i> along with Bechdel's letters and drafts; her long-running comic strip, <i>Dykes to Watch Out For</i>; the Broadway musical adaptation of the book; and other stories of LGBTQ lives.</p>
Daemon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling
by Philip Pullman

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English

Pages

489

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>From the internationally best-selling author of the <i>His Dark Materials</i> trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art--the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.</b><br /><br />One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story--from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Dickens, and the Brothers Grimm, among others--and delves into the role of story in education, religion, and science. At once personal and wide-ranging, <i>Daemon Voices</i> is both a revelation of the writing mind and the methods of a great contemporary master, and a fascinating exploration of storytelling itself.
Conversations with Dorothy Allison (Literary Conversations Series...
by Mae Miller Claxton

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English

Pages

200

Publication Date

May 09, 2012

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<p>Since the publication of her groundbreaking novel, Bastard Out of Carolina (1992), Dorothy Allison (b. 1949) has been known--as with Larry Brown and Lee Smith--as a purveyor of the "gritty" contemporary South that, in many ways, is worlds away from prevailing "Southern Gothic" representations of the region. Allison has frequently used her position, through passionate lectures and enthusiastic interviews, to give voice to issues dear to her: poverty, working-class life, domestic violence, feminism and women's relationships, the contemporary South, and gay/lesbian life. Often called a "writer-rock star" and a "cult icon," Allison is a true performer of the written word.</p> <p>At the same time, Allison also takes the craft of writing very seriously. In this collection, spanning almost two decades, Allison the performer and Allison the careful craftsperson both emerge, creating a portrait of a complex woman. The interviews detail Allison's working-class background in Greenville, South Carolina, as the daughter of a waitress. Allison discusses--with candor and quick wit--her upbringing, her work in a variety of modes (novels, short stories, essays, poetry), and her active participation in the women's movement of the 1970s.</p> <p>In the absence of a biography of Allison's life, Conversations with Dorothy Allison presents Allison's perspectives on her life, literature, and her conflictions over her role as a public figure. Linking her work with African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison, Allison pioneered the genre of working-class literature, writing a world that is often overlooked and under-studied.</p>
Transgender 101: A Simple Guide to a Complex Issue
by Nicholas Teich

Language

English

Pages

194

Publication Date

March 13, 2012

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Written by a social worker, popular educator, and member of the transgender community, this well-rounded resource combines an accessible portrait of transgenderism with a rich history of transgender life and its unique experiences of discrimination. Chapters introduce transgenderism and its psychological, physical, and social processes. They describe the coming out process and its effect on family and friends, the relationship between sexual orientation, and gender and the differences between transsexualism and lesser-known types of transgenderism. The volume covers the characteristics of Gender Identity Disorder/Gender Dysphoria and the development of the transgender movement. Each chapter explains how transgender individuals handle their gender identity, how others view it within the context of non-transgender society, and how the transitioning of genders is made possible. Featuring men who become women, women who become men, and those who live in between and beyond traditional classifications, this book is written for students, professionals, friends, and family members.
Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life (Sexual Cultures)
by Tavia Nyong'o

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English

Pages

280

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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<strong>Argues for a conception of black cultural life that exceeds post-blackness and conditions of loss <br /></strong><br />In <em>Afro-Fabulations: The Queer Drama of Black Life</em>, cultural critic and historian Tavia Nyong’o surveys the conditions of contemporary black artistic production in the era of  post-blackness. Moving fluidly between the insurgent art of the 1960’s and the intersectional activism of the present day, <em>Afro-Fabulations</em> challenges genealogies of blackness that ignore its creative capacity to exceed conditions of traumatic loss, social death, and archival erasure.<br /><br />If black survival in an anti-black world often feels like a race against time, <em>Afro-Fabulations</em> looks to the modes of memory and imagination through which a queer and black polytemporality is invented and sustained. Moving past the antirelational debates in queer theory, Nyong’o posits queerness as “angular sociality,” drawing upon queer of color critique in order to name the gate and rhythm of black social life as it moves in and out of step with itself. He takes up a broad range of sites of analysis, from speculative fiction to performance art, from artificial intelligence to Blaxploitation cinema. Reading the archive of violence and trauma against the grain, <em>Afro-Fabulations</em> summons the poetic powers of queer world-making that have always been immanent to the fight and play of black life. 
February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane...
by Sherill Tippins

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

July 26, 2016

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<DIV><B>An “irresistible” account of a little-known literary salon and creative commune in 1940s Brooklyn (<I>The Washington Post Book World</I>).</B><BR />  <BR /> A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year<BR />  <BR /><I>February House</I> is the true story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but already iconic writers—and America’s best-known burlesque performer—in a house at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn. It was a fevered yearlong party, fueled by the appetites of youth and a shared sense of urgency to take action as artists in the months before the country entered World War II.<BR />  <BR /> In spite of the sheer intensity of life at 7 Middagh, the house was for its residents a creative crucible. Carson McCullers’s two masterpieces, <I>The Member of the Wedding</I> and <I>The Ballad of the Sad Cafe</I>, were born, bibulously, in Brooklyn. Gypsy Rose Lee, workmanlike by day, party girl by night, wrote her book <I>The G-String Murders</I> in her Middagh Street bedroom. W. H. Auden—who, along with Benjamin Britten, was being excoriated back in England for absenting himself from the war—presided over the house like a peevish auntie, collecting rent money and dispensing romantic advice. And yet all the while, he was composing some of the most important work of his career.<BR />  <BR /> Enlivened by primary sources and an unforgettable story, this tale of daily life at the most fertile and improbable live-in salon of the twentieth century comes from the acclaimed author of <I>Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea Hotel</I>.<BR />  <BR /> “Brimming with information . . . The personalities she depicts [are] indelibly drawn.” —<I>Los Angeles Times Book Review</I><BR />  <BR /> “Magnificent . . . Not to mention funny and raunchy.” —<I>The Seattle Times</I></DIV>
Monster Theory: Reading Culture
by Univ Of Minnesota Press

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

November 15, 1996

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<DIV>We live in a time of monsters. Monsters provide a key to understanding the culture that spawned them. So argue the essays in this wide-ranging and fascinating collection that asks the question, What happens when critical theorists take the study of monsters seriously as a means of examining our culture? <BR> <BR>In viewing the monstrous body as a metaphor for the cultural body, the contributors to <I>Monster Theory</I> consider beasts, demons, freaks, and fiends as symbolic expressions of cultural unease that pervade a society and shape its collective behavior. Through a historical sampling of monsters, these essays argue that our fascination for the monstrous testifies to our continued desire to explore difference and prohibition.<BR><BR>Contributors: Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis U; David L. Clark, McMaster U; Frank Grady, U of Missouri, St. Louis; David A. Hedrich Hirsch, U of Illinois; Lawrence D. Kritzman, Dartmouth College; Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell U; Stephen Pender; Allison Pingree, Harvard U; Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College; John O'Neill, York U; William Sayers, George Washington U; Michael Uebel, U of Virginia; Ruth Waterhouse.  </div>
A Feeling of Wrongness: Pessimistic Rhetoric on the Fringes of Po...
by , Ethan Stoneman

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English

Pages

232

Publication Date

November 01, 2018

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<p>In <em>A Feeling of Wrongness</em>, Joseph Packer and Ethan Stoneman confront the rhetorical challenge inherent in the concept of pessimism by analyzing how it is represented in an eclectic range of texts on the fringes of popular culture, from adult animated cartoons to speculative fiction.</p><p>Packer and Stoneman explore how narratives such as <em>True Detective</em>, <em>Rick and Morty</em>, <em>Final Fantasy VII</em>, Lovecraftian weird fiction, and the pop ideology of transhumanism are better suited to communicate pessimistic affect to their fans than most carefully argued philosophical treatises and polemics. They show how these popular nondiscursive texts successfully circumvent the typical defenses against pessimism identified by Peter Wessel Zapffe as distraction, isolation, anchoring, and sublimation. They twist genres, upend common tropes, and disturb conventional narrative structures in a way that catches their audience off guard, resulting in belief without cognition, a more rhetorically effective form of pessimism than philosophical pessimism.</p><p>While philosophers and polemicists argue for pessimism in accord with the inherently optimistic structures of expressive thought or rhetoric, Packer and Stoneman show how popular texts are able to communicate their pessimism in ways that are paradoxically freed from the restrictive tools of optimism. <em>A Feeling of Wrongness </em>thus presents uncharted rhetorical possibilities for narrative, making visible the rhetorical efficacy of alternate ways and means of persuasion.</p>
No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (Series Q)
by Lee Edelman

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English

Pages

206

Publication Date

November 15, 2004

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<DIV>In this searing polemic, Lee Edelman outlines a radically uncompromising new ethics of queer theory. His main target is the all-pervasive figure of the child, which he reads as the linchpin of our universal politics of “reproductive futurism.” Edelman argues that the child, understood as innocence in need of protection, represents the possibility of the future against which the queer is positioned as the embodiment of a relentlessly narcissistic, antisocial, and future-negating drive. He boldly insists that the efficacy of queerness lies in its very willingness to embrace this refusal of the social and political order. In <I>No Future</I>, Edelman urges queers to abandon the stance of accommodation and accede to their status as figures for the force of a negativity that he links with irony, <I>jouissance</I>, and, ultimately, the death drive itself.</P><P>Closely engaging with literary texts, Edelman makes a compelling case for imagining Scrooge without Tiny Tim and Silas Marner without little Eppie. Looking to Alfred Hitchcock’s films, he embraces two of the director’s most notorious creations: the sadistic Leonard of <I>North by Northwest</I>, who steps on the hand that holds the couple precariously above the abyss, and the terrifying title figures of <I>The Birds</I>, with their predilection for children. Edelman enlarges the reach of contemporary psychoanalytic theory as he brings it to bear not only on works of literature and film but also on such current political flashpoints as gay marriage and gay parenting. Throwing down the theoretical gauntlet, <I>No Future</I> reimagines queerness with a passion certain to spark an equally impassioned debate among its readers.</DIV>

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