“Queering” and Writing Queerness

In which I ramble about queering, history, and writing queerness:

Working definition of Queering: to reinterpret or re-image a specific space, text, artifact, archive, or political social, cultural economic structure so that space can be made for wider spectrum of gender, sexual and romantic encounters.

Note: I thinking that you can absolutely write a romance that is queering with white, cisgender men but it’s not necessary in the same way I believe it is for other LGBTQA people.

Questions:
-What is your definition of queering?
-What would does queering romance look like?
-Do you think “queering” is necessary in order to write a wider spectrum of GLBT literature?

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3 thoughts on ““Queering” and Writing Queerness

  1. I want to add that I think characters could also be created more ‘queer’. I seldom encounter characters that are not ‘normal’. Characters somehow always look, behave, think to a certain standard. I’d love to see more characters who surprise me, who are not stereotypes, and who are unique, who maybe reject societies logic and thought patterns.

    I’m a character driven reader, so of course, I would suggest this… If the character is queer, the story will be automatically 😉

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    • I think definitely the way people depict queerness when it comes to their queer characters is definitely important and part of what I think of as queering. I however I am not sure that if the characters in a story are queer the story is automatically queer. I think there are way that stories are constructed (especially romance stories) that also conform to a heteronormative standard. So I think in order to ‘queer’ authors need to be aware of bother characterization and structure and trope. If that makes sense 🙂

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      • You are right.

        What I mean, though, is that when an author writes the story for or according to a queer character, the story can’t be anything but queer. At least when the book is good. If you’d present me with a queer character in a heteronormative standard, for example, you couldn’t sell the story to me, probably 😉 It wouldn’t fit. I sometimes—or often—read books where I think the story does not fit the character the author created. I don’t like that and will give a low rating.

        Sorry for rambling. I hope you’ll get what I mean.

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