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Queering Wolverine in Comics and Fan Fiction
A Fastball Special

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ISBN 9781032120140
April 26, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

Queering Wolverine in Comics and Fanfiction: A Fastball Special interrogates the ways in which the Marvel Comics character Wolverine is a queer hero and examines his representation as an open, vulnerable, and kinship-oriented, queer hero in both comics and fanfiction.

Despite claims that Wolverine embodies Reagan-era conservatism or hegemonic hyper-masculinity, Wolverine does not conform to gender or sex norms, not only because of his mutant status, but also because his character, throughout his publication history, resists normalization, making him a site for a queer-heroic futurity. Rather than focus on overt queer representations that have appeared in some comic forms, this book explores the queer representations that have preceded Wolverine’s bisexual and gay characterizations, and in particular focuses on his porous and vulnerable body. Through important, but not overly analyzed storylines, representations of his open body that is always in process (both visually and narratively), his creation of queer kinships with his fellow mutants, and his eroticized same-sex relationships as depicted in fan fiction, this book traces a queer genealogy of Wolverine,.

This book is ideal reading for students and scholars of comics studies, cultural studies, gender studies, sexuality studies and literature.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Fastball Special

1: Wolverine and the Open Body

2: Wolverine and Queer Kinships

3: Queering Wolverine in Fan Fiction

Conclusion: Wolverine in Queer Time


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Christopher M. Roman is Professor of English at Kent State University and specializes in Comics Studies and the Graphic Novel, LGBTQ+ Literature, and Queer Theory. His comics studies work has been published in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and IJOCA. He is also author of Domestic Mysticism in Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich (2005) and Queering Richard Rolle (2017). He is the co-editor of the collection, Medieval Futurity (2021).