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[Commlist] New Book: Batman and the Joker: Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture

Mon Nov 09 18:12:04 GMT 2020

Chris Richardson is pleased to announce the recent publication of /Batman and the Joker: Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture/ as part of the series /Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics/.

This cultural analysis of visual and narrative elements within Batman comics provides 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: that of Batman and the Joker. The monograph provides critical insights into ways queer reading practices can open new forms of understanding that have generally remained implicit and unexplored in mainstream comics studies. This accessible and interdisciplinary approach to the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime engages diverse fields of scholarship such as Comics Studies, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Literature, Psychoanalysis, Media Studies, and Queer Theory.



Chapter One: Dragged into Desire: Bruce Wayne’s Woman Problem

Chapter Two: Lavender Lapels and Poison Pansies: The Joker as Queer Trickster

Chapter Three: With the Lights Out: The Then and There of Gotham City

List of Comics

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