A disunited nation and a legacy of contradiction: Queer Nation's construction of identity

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Abstract

This essay examines Queer Nation's "Queers Read This" flyer, combining a textual analysis of the flyer with an exploration of its uptake in print media. The author contends that the flyer rhetorically constitutes a queer identity by establishing unity among disparate individuals through a shared relationship to violence and anger while defining them against a seemingly dissimilar "gay and lesbian" identity. This queer identity, the author argues, is always necessarily contingent and internally contradictory and therefore enables a proliferation of discourses that both negotiate and exploit the fundamental contradictions of the resignification of queer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-306
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Communication Inquiry
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activism
  • Identity
  • Queer
  • Queer Nation
  • Rhetoric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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