Queerbaiting and Fandom
“As the first book to analyze queerbaiting, undoubtedly a sign of the times, Joseph Brennan’s edited collection makes a vital, energizing contribution to fan studies—and beyond—by skillfully addressing advocacy, history, and complexity. Queerbaiting and Fandom explores high-profile case studies such as Supernatural, Sherlock, and Harry Potter. HoYay may belong to older fan traditions, but this is AcYay happening right here: ‘Academic brilliance, Yay!’”—Matt Hills, author, Fan Cultures
“Queerbaiting and Fandom is an important and timely volume that belongs in the library of every fan studies scholar.”—Megan Condis, author, Gaming Masculinity: Trolls, Fake Geeks, and the Gendered Battle for Online Culture (Iowa, 2018)
In this first-ever comprehensive examination of queerbaiting, fan studies scholar Joseph Brennan and his contributors examine cases that shed light on the sometimes exploitative industry practice of teasing homoerotic possibilities that, while hinted at, never materialize in the program narratives. Through a nuanced approach that accounts for both the history of queer representation and older fan traditions, these essayists examine the phenomenon of queerbaiting across popular TV, video games, children’s programs, and more.
Evangeline Aguas, Christoffer Bagger, Bridget Blodgett, Cassie Brummitt, Leyre Carcas, Jessica Carniel, Jennifer Duggan, Monique Franklin, Divya Garg, Danielle S. Girard, Mary Ingram-Waters, Hannah McCann, Michael McDermott, E. J. Nielsen, Emma Nordin, Holly Eva Katherine Randell-Moon, Emily E. Roach, Anastasia Salter, Elisabeth Schneider, Kieran Sellars, Isabela Silva, Guillaume Sirois, Clare Southerton