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Richardson, Chris. Batman and the Joker: Contested Sexuality in Popular Culture. Routledge Focus on Gender, Sexuality, and Comics. London, New York: Routledge, 2020. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 9780367409210
BibTeX citation key: Richardson2020
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Superhero, USA
Creators: Richardson
Publisher: Routledge (London, New York)
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This cultural analysis of visual and narrative elements within Batman comics provides an important exploration of the ways readers and creators negotiate gender, identity, and sexuality in popular culture.
Thematic chapters investigate how artists, writers, and fans engage with, challenge, and interpret gendered and sexual representations by focusing on one of the most popular and heated fictional rivalries ever inked: that of Batman and The Joker. The monograph provides critical insights into ways queer reading practices can open new forms of understanding that have generally remained implicit and unexplored in mainstream comics studies.

Table of Contents

Reading the Dark Knight
Queering the Caped Crusader
Investigating the World’s Greatest Detective

1. Dragged into Desire: Bruce Wayne’s Woman Problem
Traces of Batman
Desire and the Dark Knight
The Bat and the Cat

2. Lavender Lapels and Poison Pansies: The Joker as Queer Trickster
The Man Who Laughs
Straight and Narrow
The Fraternity of Saps
Death of the Family

3. With the Lights Out: The Then and There of Gotham City
Of Other Spaces
Profound Silences
No Man’s Land

List of Comics

Noch nicht erschienen / forthcoming
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