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The Cambridge Companion to Queer Studies


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Kadji Amin, Keguro Macharia, Chandan Reddy, Cáel Keegan, June Scudeler, Alison Kafer, Nicole Seymour, Ren (Rachel) Ellis Neyra, Anne Mulhall, Nadia Ellis, Erica Rand, Kate O'Riordan, Martin Joseph Ponce, Richard T. Rodríguez, J. Samaine Lockwood.
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  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108741897

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  • This Companion provides a guide to queer inquiry in literary and cultural studies. The essays represent new and emerging areas, including transgender studies, indigenous studies, disability studies, queer of color critique, performance studies, and studies of digital culture.  Rather than being organized around a set of literary texts defined by a particular theme, literary movement, or demographic, this volume foregrounds a queer critical approach that moves across a wide array of literary traditions, genres, historical periods, national contexts, and media. This book traces the intellectual and political emergence of queer studies, addresses relevant critical debates in the field, provides an overview of queer approaches to genres, and explains how queer approaches have transformed understandings of key concepts in multiple fields.

    • Reflects the newest areas of queer studies scholarship, including queer of color critique, indigenous studies, disability studies, and transgender studies
    • Emphasizes queer literary and cultural studies, with essays on topics such as poetics, narrative, popular culture, performance studies, and digital culture
    • Familiarizes readers with the history of queer literary and cultural studies, as well as the most current debates
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    'The collection is both an invaluable and authoritative resource for scholars and an excellent teaching tool for use in the classroom.' A. J. Ramirez, Choice

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    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108741897
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Genealogies
    1. Genealogies of Queer Theory Kadji Amin
    2. Queer Writing, Queer Politics: Working Across Difference Keguro Macharia
    Part II. Confluences
    3. Convergence, Dissymmetry, Duplicities: Enactments of Queer of Color Critique Chandan Reddy
    4. Transgender Studies, or How to Do Things With Trans* Cáel Keegan
    5. Queer Indigenous Studies, or Thirza Cuthand's Indigequeer Film June Scudeler
    6. Queer Disability Studies Alison Kafer
    7. Queer Ecologies Nicole Seymour
    Part III. Representation
    8. Queer Poetics: Deviant swerves, in three Ren (Rachel) Ellis Neyra
    9. Queer Narrative Anne Mulhall
    10. Trace a Vanishing: or, Queer Performance Study Nadia Ellis
    11. Queer and Trans Studies in Pop Culture: Transgender Tripping Points in the Carceral State Erica Rand
    12. Queer Digital Cultures Kate O'Riordan
    Part IV. Key Words
    13. Queer Diasporic Crossings and the Persistence of Desire in The Book of Salt Martin Joseph Ponce
    14. Diaspora, Displacement, and Belonging: The Politics of Family and the Future of Queer Kinship Richard T. Rodríguez
    15. Queer Critical Regionalism J. Samaine Lockwood.

  • Editor

    Siobhan B. Somerville, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Siobhan B. Somerville is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she chairs the Department of Gender and Women's Studies. She is author of Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture (Duke UP) and co-editor of several special issues, including “Queering the Middle:  Race, Region, and Sexual Diasporas,” co-edited with Martin Manalansan, Chantal Nadeau, and Richard T. Rodríguez for GLQ.  Her research has also appeared in journals such as American Literature, American Quarterly, Criticism, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality.  She is a past recipient of the Passing the Torch Award from the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and the Wise-Susman Prize from the American Studies Association.


    Kadji Amin, Keguro Macharia, Chandan Reddy, Cáel Keegan, June Scudeler, Alison Kafer, Nicole Seymour, Ren (Rachel) Ellis Neyra, Anne Mulhall, Nadia Ellis, Erica Rand, Kate O'Riordan, Martin Joseph Ponce, Richard T. Rodríguez, J. Samaine Lockwood.

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