Batman, The Joker, and Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture: Lovers in a Dangerous Time

1st Edition

Chris Richardson

July 10, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 120 Pages
ISBN 9780367409210 - CAT# 330263
Series: Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies

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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

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