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Queer Theory Now


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Table of Contents

1. Defining Queer Theory 2.From Pathology to Pride 3.Sexuality and Feminism 4.AIDS and Acting Up 5.Outing the Closet 6.Theory Meets Identity 7.Negotiating Intersections 8.Temporality and Queer Utopias.

About the Author

Hannah McCann is a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research sits within critical femininity studies, and explores femme identity, beauty culture, and queer fandom. She is the author of Queering Femininity: Sexuality, Feminism and the Politics of Presentation (Routledge, 2018). Whitney Monaghan is an Assistant Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at Monash University, Australia. She has a background in screen, media and cultural studies and her research examines queer representation on screen. She is the author of Queer Girls, Temporality and Screen Media: Not ‘Just a Phase’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


Queer Theory Now is a thorough synthesis of thirty years of queer theory and its precursors. It should be required reading in classrooms around the world. An essential primer!
*Don Romesburg, Sonoma State University, USA*

Queer Theory Now is an invaluable resource for newcomers to queer theory. McCann and Monaghan define key terms with outstanding clarity. Centering the work of theorists of colour and trans theorists, the authors uncover the variegated histories that have converged on, and diverged from, queer theory. Eminently teachable.
*Jean-Thomas Tremblay, New Mexico State University, USA*

This is a rigorous and pedagogically designed introduction to queer theory that covers not only the field’s foundations but also more recent debates. Moreover, the inclusion of case studies, definitions of key terms and film recommendations makes complex ideas accessible for students finding their way in queer theory. – Sam McBean, Queen Mary University of London, UK
*Sam McBean, Queen Mary University of London, UK*

Part disciplinary history, part field assessment, part critical reference, Queer Theory Now is perhaps most importantly a primer for the queer work ahead. It will be a welcome queer pedagogy text in both undergraduate and graduate classrooms.
*Matt Brim, College of Staten Island, CUNY, USA*

An absolute must read! Queer Theory Now, carefully crafted by McCann and Monaghan, is an incredibly timely, necessary and rich resource. Undergraduates and post-graduate students interested in engaging with historical and contemporary debates in queer theories will find much to stimulate their thinking in this book.
*Leanne Coll, Deakin University, Australia*

The last real primer for queer theory was Annemarie Jagose’s Queer Theory over 20 years ago. Queer Theory Now fills that enormous gap, covering key areas such as intersectionality, the global dimensions of queerness, and the history of the field, while remaining attentive to the difficulties of defining the complex and ever-evolving perspectives on sexuality and gender.
*Ross Forman, University of Warwick, UK*

The most concise and comprehensive explanation of the past, present and future of queer theory available today. This book traces queer theory’s significant histories and locates its renewed relevance in contemporary times. It makes queer theory’s evolution and complexities easy to access and is a must-have for any university library.
*Joanna McIntyre, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia*

McCann and Monaghan have written one of the most insightful overviews of queer theory currently on the market. It is highly recommended for those seeking an accessible guide to key ideas, issues, developments, and controversies in this field. The writers deserve credit for their ample demonstration of queer theory's applicability to a range of disciplines, lives, and events.
*Páraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth*

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