This is my review of Jes Battis's book Thinking Queerly: Medievalism, Wizardry, and Neurodiversity in Young Adult Texts. Battis’s book reads beautifully and easily, even if you are not well-versed in disability studies or queer theory, and I imagine that even a reader who is not especially knowledgeable about either medievalisms or YA literature could also follow along well. This book is written in an uncommonly accessible, even conversational style, that is utterly enthralling, and yet Battis’s work still shows impressive scholarly rigor and scope. If I were to describe the book in a single sentence, it would be this one: Jes Battis thoughtfully and successfully navigates a broad array of texts, both medieval and modern, to paint a compelling portrait of the traditional wizard figure, adolescence, neurodiversity, and pedagogical concerns in the field of medieval studies.
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