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
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
Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies publishes original short-form research in the areas of gender and sexuality studies as they relate to comics cultures past and present. Topics in the series cover printed as well as digital media, mainstream and alternative comics industries, transmedia adaptions, comics consumption, and various comics-associated cultural fields and forms of expression. Gendered and sexual identities are considered as intersectional and always in conversation with issues concerning race, ethnicity, ability, class, age, nationality, and religion.
Books in the series are between 25,000 and 45,000 words and can be single-authored, co-authored, or edited collections. For longer works, the companion series "Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Comics Studies" publishes full-length books between 60,000 to 90,000 words.
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