Queer Studies: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Anthology

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NYU Press, Jul 1, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 318 pages
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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people are becoming more and more visible in all aspects of American culture, from party politics to MTV videos.

Despite the recent queer publishing explosion, few texts cover a broad range of topics around sexual and gender identities. Most existing works are high-level theory books, texts focused upon specific disciplines or topics, or practical guides aimed primarily at a heterosexual audience or people just beginning to come out. There has been to date no general, accessible, and inclusive work suitable for use as an introduction to Queer Studies.

In this collection, contributors assess the conflict between postmodernism and identity, the concept which typically serves as a linchpin for social and political organizing. Others address queer theory, looking specifically at how we define it, how it informs political activism, and how we can theorize such aspects of sexual performance/behaviors as s/m or butch-femme relationships.

The volume contains contributions from both established and newly emerging Queer Studies scholars, including Amber Ault, M. V. Lee Badgett, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Gregory Conerly, Patricia L. Duncan, Ruth Goldman, Lynda Goldstein, Sherrie A. Inness, Christopher James, Amanda Udis-Kessler, JeeYeun Lee, Michele E. Lloyd, Tracy D. Morgan, Ki Namaste, Vernon Rosario II, Paula Rust, and Siobhan Somerville.

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I have not read your book in it's entirety, but came across a passage of it while doing a Google search for George Michael. The passage about Michael's 'Too Funky' video as it relates to drag queens is factually incorrect. The model that storms the runway is actually a biological female, as is the woman with batting eyelashes midway through the video, they are Julie Newmar and Rossy de Palma, respectively.  

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About the author (1996)

Brett Beemyn is Instructor of African American World Studies at the University of Iowa.

Mickey Eliason is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Psychology at the University of Iowa. Both teach classes in Queer Studies.

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