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Queer Punk Media Subculture, 1st Edition

By Curran Nault


180 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Queercore is a queer and punk transmedia movement that was instigated in 1980s Toronto via the pages of the underground fanzine ("zine") J.D.s. Authored by G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce, J.D.s. declared "civil war" on the punk and gay and lesbian mainstreams, consolidating a subculture of likeminded filmmakers, zinesters, musicans and performers situated in pointed opposition to the homophobia of mainline punk and the lifeless sexual politics and exclusionary tendencies of dominant gay and lesbian society. More than thirty years later, queercore and its troublemaking productions remain under the radar, but still culturally and politically resonant.

This book brings renewed attention to queercore, exploring the homology between queer theory/practice and punk theory/practice at the heart of queercore mediamaking. Through analysis of key queercore texts, this book also elucidates the tropes central to queercore’s subcultural distinction: unashamed sexual representation, confrontational politics and "shocking" embodiments, including those related to size, ability and gender variance. An exploration of a specific transmedia subculture grounded in archival research, ethnographic interviews, theoretical argumentation and close analysis, ultimately, Queercore proffers a provocative, and tangible, new answer to the long-debated question, "What does it mean to be queer?"


"Queercore is both a solid piece of scholarship and a highly engaging and readable book. It brings queer theory and queer studies back to the cutting edge by reminding us of the inherently political and radical aspects of queerness. As a queer methodology it is a very useful case study in ‘how to do queer’ that demonstrates that there is still a good deal of intellectual and radical life in queerness." --Gary Needham, University of Liverpool, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Queer and the Punk

1. Queer Punk Productions Before Queercore

2. Queercore Sex

3. Queercore Confrontation

4. Queercore Bodies

Conclusion: A Queer Elegy for the Future

About the Author

Curran Nault is a joint lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Media

The aim of this series is to publish original research in the areas of feminist and queer media studies, with a particular but not exclusive focus on gender and sexuality. In doing so, this series brings to the market cutting-edge critical work that refreshes, reshapes, and redirects scholarship in these related fields while contributing to a better global understanding of how gender and sexual politics operate within historical and current mediascapes.

Affirming the integrated, multiperspectival approach associated with Cultural Studies, the series publishes richly contextualized research that explores gender and sexual politics not only in media texts but also in the practices of media production and consumption. Media are defined broadly in this series, as the books within it expand beyond these fields' historical focus on film and television to engage with other forms of media, including video games, popular music, and digital media. Books in the series centering on current media culture also explore the complexly transmedial, convergent, and participatory nature of popular culture today. Gender is configured broadly in this series also, and a key contribution is a further complicating of how multiple, intersecting modes of identity impact media representation, as well as the creation, distribution, publicity, and consumption of mediated texts.

For more information or to discuss a project, please contact Mary Celeste Kearney, mckearney@nd.edu.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Lesbian Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies