Subverting Censorship through Heteroqueer: How to do Straight Queerly (and get away with it) in the Novels of Doug MacLeod

Kate McInally


Kate McInally approaches censorship from perspectives we often overlook in censorship discussions: self-censorship and the censorship of evasion.  Using two novels by Australian author Doug MacLeod, McInally explores the subtle queering of heteronormative ideologies, the art of, perhaps, gently twisting depictions of sexualities and desires rather than overtly transgressing the expected norms.  McInally commends MacLeod’s humorous and incisive questioning of those hetero-norms, yet questions some of his editorial decisions, wondering if he has stopped short of the story he really hoped to tell.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680