“Queercore: Queer Punk Media Subculture” by Curran Nault— The Movement

Nault, Curran. “Queercore: Queer Punk Media Subculture”, (Routledge Research in Gender, Sexuality, and Media), Routledge, 2017.

The Movement

Amos Lassen

Queercore is a queer and punk transmedia movement that came into being in 1980s Toronto through the pages of G.B. Jones and Bruce LaBruce’s underground fanzine “J.D.s”. Jones and LaBruce declared “civil war” on the punk and gay and lesbian mainstreams and brought together likeminded filmmakers, zine writers and editors, musicians and performers who formed a subculture that was in pointed opposition to the homophobia of mainline punk and the lifeless sexual politics and exclusionary tendencies of dominant gay and lesbian society. Now some thirty years later, queercore and its troublemaking productions are still culturally and politically alive.

In his new book, author Curran Nault explores the homology between queer theory/practice and punk theory/practice that is at the heart of queercore media making. He gives us analyses of key queercore texts and explains the tropes central to queer core’s subcultural distinction. These include unashamed sexual representation, confrontational politics, and

“shocking” embodiments, including those related to size, ability and gender variance. Nault’s research is based archival material, ethnographic interviews, theoretical argumentation and close analysis. In effect, what we get here is a new answer to the old question of what it means to be queer. By doing so, queer studies are returned to the cutting edge as we are reminded of the inherently political and radical aspects of queerness.

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