queer studies

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of queer studies

:an academic field of study focusing on matters relating to gender, human sexuality, and sexual orientation with emphasis on LGBT issues and culture
  • Yet the open secrets of humanism make an odd fit with the homoerotic subtexts. Queer studies, at its most exciting, has challenged the very idea of human nature.
  • —Lawrence LipkingThe New Republic12 Feb. 2001
  • Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, whose critical writings on the ambiguities of sexual identity in fiction helped create the discipline known as queer studies, died on Sunday in Manhattan … . Ms. Sedgwick broke new ground when, drawing on feminist scholarship and the work of the French poststructuralist Michel Foucault, she began teasing out the hidden socio-sexual subplots in writers like Charles Dickens and Henry James.
  • —William GrimesThe New York Times15 Apr. 2009

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First Known Use of queer studies

1990


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