Queer Analysis is…• A theory that explores issues of sexuality, power, and marginalized populations in literature and culture (Brizee, 2010)• An attempt to deconstruct societies preconceived notions to demonstrate how social boundaries have merged(Marshall, 2011)• Classified by the Library of Congress as Subclass HQ, “The family. Marriage, Women” (Marcus, 2005)
Overview of data collection• Early on data collection for Queer Analysis was considered to nothing but a review of theories (Browne)• Over time research has really been done to look at the ontological and epistemological side of queer analysis (Browne)• Is emergent rather than tightly prefigured (Marshall)• Systematically reflects on who the person is in the inquiry (Marshall)
Overview of analysis• Queer Theory goes beyond issues of sexuality but has really extended to recognize “that identifies are always multiple or at best composites with literally an infinite number of ways which identity-components can intersect or combine.” (Marshall, 2011)
Several sample published peer-reviewed journal articlesBroad, K. (2002) Gender / sexuality movement and transgender collective identity (de)constructions. International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 241 – 264Lynne, C., & Gilroy, P. J. (2001) Teaching “outside the box": Incorporating queer theory in counselor education. Retrieved from ERIC database. (EJ629023)Soenser, M. & Butler-Brenn, J. (2001) Introduction: “There is a person here”: An interview with judith butler. International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 1-2 & 7-23
Benefits• Queer Theory has been credited with dissecting previous data that portrayed homosexuality and other social minorities as groups abnormal to society(Marshall, 2011)• focus on understanding not only sexuality and gender but also modernity and culture(Marcus, 2005).
Challenges• Amongst Higher Education and in the world of academia you will find strong modern systems of support and research on the category of Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer research but according to Kristen A. Renn, they have remained “substantially untouched by the queer agenda” (Renn, 2010).• Queer Theory & Analysis is relatively new. First gaining momentum in the 60’s with the civil rights movement Judith Butler brought it to the forefront in 1990 with the publication of Gender Trouble (Marshall, 2011). This category is growing but still faces challenges even amongst the most educated(Renn, 2010).
ReferencesBrizee, A. &. (2010).Gender studies and queer theory (1970s - present). Retrieved from Purdue OWL: Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/722/12/Browne, K. a. (n.d.).Queer Methods and Methodologies:. Ashgate.com. .Marcus, S. (2005, August). Queer theory for everyone: A review essay. Signs Journal of Women in Culture and Society 191-218. ,Marshall, C. &. (2011).Designing qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, California SAGE Publications, : Inc.Renn, K. (2010). LGBT and queer research in higher education: The state and status of the field. Educational Researcher 132-141. ,