Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Like any social theory, the origins of Queer theory are deep, nuanced, and at times contradictory. But if you’re interested in learning about it, or just reaffirming what you already know, check out Queer: A Graphic History. Barker and Scheele explain some of the things queer can be: an umbrella term for the ever-expanding LGBTTQQIA, or a verb because queer is something that you do. And also what queer isn’t: a binary, it isn’t “us vs. them” and everyone’s identity is fluid.

Queer theory is an academic discipline that has involved thinkers and theorists for over one hundred years. Barker and Scheele’s easy-to-follow and visually interesting graphic novel explains the foundations of Queer theory, its development, and its strengths and weaknesses while avoiding academic jargon as much as possible. They explain some of the ways that prevailing western culture has been critiqued over the years by different social theorists and how contemporary queer theorists seek to question things.   

After you’ve read Queer:A Graphic History, check out some of these less theoretical books on LGBT rights in the VBPL collection:

When We Rise—a memoir of Cleve Jones, a famous gay rights activist

LGBT Hampton Roads—A local look at the LGBT movement

Or if it was the graphic format you particularly liked, try:

Love is Love—a comic anthology benefitting the survivors of the Orlando Pulse shooting

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