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This is a cultural analysis and queer reading of visual and narrative elements within Batman comics providing an important exploration of the ways readers and creators negotiate gender, identity, and sexuality in popular culture. Thematic chapters investigate how artists, writers, and fans engage with, challenge, and interpret gendered and sexual representations by focusing on one of the most popular and heated fictional rivalries ever inked. Ultimately, Batman, The Joker, and Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture provides critical insights into the ways queer reading practices can open new forms of understanding and analysis that have generally remained implicit and unexplored in mainstream comics studies.
This is an interesting and accessible approach to a popular icon and is suitable for students and scholars in Gender Studies, Queer Studies, Comics Studies, Literature and Media and Cultural Studies
Table of Contents
Introduction: Lovers in a Dangerous Time, 1 Bruce Wayne’s Many Lovers: Representing Desire Pre/Post Comics Code, 2 The Joker as Queer Trickster: Deconstructing Compulsory Heterosexuality in Gotham City, 3 Bang! Flag Guns and Batsuits: Embodying Gender and Sexuality through Material Practices, 4 Amusment Parks and Batcaves: Exploring Utopic and Heterotopic Spaces for Reflection in Comics and Beyond
Dr Chris Richardson is Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at Young Harris College
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