Everything Must Be Queered... or Gayified, or Lavenderized, or Bent

July 17, 2014 2:15 AM

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Everything Must Be Queered... or Gayified, or Lavenderized, or Bent

The purpose of this essay is to queer the art form of artists' books, by examining the relationship between artists' books and the queer sensibility and the community of queer writers and artists who create them, and also the members of the queer community who read and collect them. This essay will also show the similarity between artists' books and the queer community with regards to the marginalisation of both. By queer, I mean members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersexed, Questioning, and Queer -- or GLBTIQ -- community. I propose to investigate the intersection and correlation of the following entities: artists' books, zines, the book arts, book artists, queer book artists, queer artists' books, queer zines, queer literature, queer readers, queer theory, queer studies, queer culture, the queer sensibility, and the queer community.

I am not proposing to define or re-define artists' books, nor to analyse a collection of artists' books with queer themes, nor those created by queer book artists. Instead, with a queer critical lens, I want to apply a queer analysis, perspective, sensibility, and voice to the artform of artists' bo...

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