Queer Gender by Maia Kobabe (2019) is a comic memoir about a girl who goes through different gender stages in “Eir”coming of age (Spivak 1990). The comic memoir questions the normative structures of sex, gender and sexuality imposed on this girl in the rural and suburban areas of the US.
The session will trace the complex search for the protagonist’s gender and sexual identity. The participants will gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of queer and non-binary gender identity.
The session will introduce different non-binary gender pronouns used in the graphic novel. It will highlight the importance of using them for transgender and gender non-conforming people so that we teachers and the public in general avoid misgendering people through language.
Since it is a graphic novel, it will grapple with the way the language of comics has been used and to what effects.
Note: Spivak, M (1990) The Joy of TeX, a Gourmet Guide to Typesetting with the AMSTeX Macro Package, Second Edition.
The seminar will use the comic memoir available online at https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Gender-Queer-A-Memoir/TPB-Part-1?id=156661 for Part 1, at https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Gender-Queer-A-Memoir/TPB-Part-2?id=156662 for Part 2, and at https://readcomiconline.to/Comic/Gender-Queer-A-Memoir/TPB-Part-3?id=156663 for Part 3.
You can also download the three parts of the memoir here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yxGeQvLpnYs7Anc_ev1v8wyjF_un1JZ9/view?usp=sharing