Join us for the book launch of Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma. Hear about ghosts embedded in queer theory, crypts in lesbian pulp fiction, monstrosity in AIDS poetry and art, and sadomasochism in queer performance. Westengard will discuss her book’s claim that queer culture adopts gothicism to challenge heteronormative and racialized systems and to acknowledge the effects of microaggression and insidious trauma. Followed by a reception and book signing.
Laura Westengard (she/her) is an Associate Professor of English at the City University of New York. She is the author of Gothic Queer Culture: Marginalized Communities and the Ghosts of Insidious Trauma and co-editor of The 25 Sitcoms that Changed Television: Turning Points in American Culture. She writes about popular culture, performance art, contemporary U.S. literature, and is currently researching a book on 19th century medical devices that have shaped understandings of gender and sexuality.