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Queer Cinema, The Film Reader : In Focus: Routledge Film Readers - Harry M. Benshoff

Queer Cinema, The Film Reader

In Focus: Routledge Film Readers

By: Harry M. Benshoff (Editor), Sean Griffin (Editor)


Published: 17th June 2004
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Queer Cinema, The Film Reader examines the relationship between cinematic representations of sexuality and their social, historical, and industrial contexts.

Clearly divided into an introductory overview and four topic areas, the Reader explores how recent critical thinking has approached queer sexualities in relation to the cinema. The four sections discuss:

  • Authorship - examining the role of sexuality in the work of queer filmmakers such as George Cukor, Dorothy Arzner, Barbara Hammer, and the directors of New Queer Cinema
  • Forms - exploring how genres such as the horror film, the musical, film noir, and the animated film construct queer cinematic spaces
  • Camp - looking at how this reception strategy and mode of textual production, initially practised by pre-Stonewall queers, retains its critical charge even in contemporary mainstream popular culture
  • Reception - considering three specific historical case-studies of how queer fans have interacted with media texts from Judy Garland to Star Trek.

The Reader concludes with an essay that queerly rethinks classical gaze theory and allows students and scholars of the subject to draw their own conclusions in their studies.

Whose Text is it Anyway? Queer Cultures, Queer Auters, and Queer Authorship
Physique Cinema, 1945-1969: Hard to Imagine
Transgressive Cinema: Lesbian Independent Film
The New Queer Cinema,
The Monster and the Homosexual
Queer Negotiations of the Hollywood Musical
Queer Noir,
Camp and the Gay Sensibility
Reclaiming the Discourse of Camp,
Judy Garland and Gay Men
Finding Community in the Early 1960s: Underground Cinema and Sexual Politics
'Out of the Closet and into the Universe': Queers and Star Trek
Reviewing Queer Viewing
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ISBN: 9780415319874
ISBN-10: 0415319870
Series: In Focus: Routledge Film Readers
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1