Saturday, April 4, 2009

Revamp

The blog is going through changes. I want to focus increasingly on literature and LGBT politics. What's the queer canon? What makes queer science fiction? What does fantasy writing have to do with issues of immigration, citizenship, and capital? I'm going to provide reviews of science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as links to critical theory, fanfiction, and other clusters of popular culture.

I'll be posting links to journals, libraries, archives, and other research sites pertaining to queer politics and cultures of the fantastic. As a writer and academic, I'm interested in punk and DIY cultures, zinesters, radical print networks, digital protest literatures, writing by queer teens, marxism, and social history.

My work lately focuses on the history of novels written for gay teens, queer-feminist science fiction and fantasy, cultures of childhood, urban gay and lesbian history, and online protest media focusing on the passage of proposition eight in California (repealing the state's same-sex marriage ordinance.)

A question I'm exploring currently: how can we read the variety of protest media that emerged online as a result of the passage of prop 8, including blogs, youtube performance pieces, artwork, and critical writing?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

boring... have we not seen this and done this all before?

Jes Battis said...

maybe, but we have to keep doing it