Shamsavari, Sina (2011) Gay ghetto comics: constructing a dominant gay habitus. In: Comica Symposium 2011, Transitions 2: New Directions in Comics Studies, 5th November 2011, Birkbeck College. (Unpublished)
|Type of Research:||Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item|
Comics set in the gay community‘ or ghetto‘ began to be published in gay and lesbian magazines in the 1960s, and with the emergence of established and commercialized urban communities throughout the 1970s and 80s, the gay ghetto‘ type of comic strip began to appear more often in local and national publications throughout the United States (and to a lesser extent in the UK.) The Gay ghetto‘ comics are often set in a recognizably gay‘ location such as the Castro, San Francisco. The action tends to take place in and around gay community‘ institutions such as gay bars, bookshops and clubs.
This talk will discuss the ways in which the gay ghetto comics work to construct a visible and typical‘ gayness and a dominant gay habitus, through references to fashions, music, locations, etc. This typification however also serves to reify certain culturally and historically specific gay scenes and identities as exemplary of what the gay community is really like,‘ presenting an image of the gay community as relatively unified and stable and erasing internal difference and alterity. In contrast, the queer independent comics that emerged in the 1990s critique this notion of a unified gay community in various ways. In some of these comics the action takes place away from any recognizable gay community‘; in others the gay community is critiqued through parody and caricature in a decidedly unsympathetic way; in yet others a non-mainstream gay habitus and social scene is constructed through references to alternative‘ music, fashion and sensibilities.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion|
|Date:||5 November 2011|
|Event Location:||Birkbeck College|
|Date Deposited:||14 May 2012 11:25|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2015 21:07|
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