Queer Objects (Paperback)

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By Chris Brickell (Editor), Judith Collard (Editor), Richard Bruce Parkinson (Contributions by), Paerau Warbrick (Contributions by), Dino Hodge (Contributions by), Helen Pausacker (Contributions by), Jeffrey Vaughan (Contributions by), Greg Minissale (Contributions by), Ben Anderson-Nathe (Contributions by), Carina Pasquesi (Contributions by), Rachel Hope Cleves (Contributions by), Tirza True Latimer (Contributions by), Tim Roberts (Contributions by), Loren Britton (Contributions by), Lukasz Szulc (Contributions by), Margo Hobbs (Contributions by), Barry Reay (Contributions by), Erica Rand (Contributions by), John Howard (Contributions by), Peter Sherlock (Contributions by), Neil Bartlett (Contributions by), Jane Trengove (Contributions by), Amanda Littauer (Contributions by), Diane Johns (Contributions by), Katsuhiko Suganuma (Contributions by), Heike Bauer (Contributions by), Bev Roberts (Contributions by), Matt Cook (Contributions by), Christopher Castiglia (Contributions by), Christopher Reed (Contributions by), Robert Mills (Contributions by), Robert Aldrich (Contributions by), Graham Willett (Contributions by), Peter Wells (Contributions by), Jo Campbell (Contributions by), Elise Chenier (Contributions by), Wayne Murdoch (Contributions by), Kate Davison (Contributions by), Shirleene Robinson (Contributions by), Timothy Willem Jones (Contributions by), Melissa M. Wilcox (Contributions by), Katherine A. Hermes (Contributions by), James Burford (Contributions by), Kath Khangpiboon (Contributions by), Jutathorn Pravattiyagul (Contributions by), Nikki Sullivan (Contributions by), Craig Middleton (Contributions by), Nadia Gush (Contributions by), Reina Lewis (Contributions by), Marcus Bunyan (Contributions by), Yorick Smaal (Contributions by), Daniel Brandl-Beck (Contributions by), Alison Oram (Contributions by), Philip Hughes (Contributions by), Simon Clay (Contributions by)
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Queer lives give rise to a vast array of objects: the things we fill our houses with, the gifts we share with our friends, the commodities we consume at work and at play, the clothes and accessories we wear, various reminders of state power, as well as the analogue and digital technologies we use to communicate with one another. But what makes an object queer?

The sixty-three chapters in Queer Objects consider this question in relation to lesbian, gay and transgender communities across time, cultures, and space. In this unique international collaboration, well-known and newer writers traverse world history to write about fabulous, captivating, and transgressive items ranging from ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and Roman artefacts to political placards, snapshots, sex toys, and the smartphone.

About the Author

Chris Brickell is a professor of gender studies at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. His books include Mates and Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand, Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant, 1885–1915, and Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture.

Judith Collard is a senior lecturer in the department of history and art history at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Praise For…

"The queer angel of history has brought us from New Zealand this remarkable book of objects that have aroused memories – involuntary and voluntary, painful and uplifting, individual and communal. A deeply moving exploration of history, memory, and queerness."
— Jeffrey Escoffier

"I’ve been waiting for a book like Queer Objects that examines the stuff of material culture through the sensibilities of many contributors. Each chapter reveals insider knowledge of a particular item, framing it in passionate queer context that triggers our own associations and memories. This is a gorgeous book; you’ll want to keep it out in plain view."

— E.G. Crichton
Product Details
ISBN: 9781978801707
ISBN-10: 197880170X
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: December 20th, 2019
Pages: 250
Language: English