Queer images : a history of gay and lesbian film in America /

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Author / Creator:Benshoff, Harry M., 1963-
Imprint:Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Pub., c2006.
Description:1 online resource (viii, 321 p.).
Series:Genre and beyond
Genre and beyond.
Subject:Homosexuality in motion pictures.
Gays in motion pictures.
Homosexuality and motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- United States.
Homosexualité au cinéma.
Homosexuels au cinéma.
Homosexualité et cinéma.
Cinéma -- États-Unis.
Gays in motion pictures.
Homosexuality and motion pictures.
Homosexuality in motion pictures.
Motion pictures.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Performing Arts.
Gay/Lesbian Interest.
United States.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11183148
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Other authors / contributors:Griffin, Sean.
0742519716 (cloth : alk. paper)
0742519724 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:'Queer Images' chronicles the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer sexualities over 100 years in American film. This book explores not only the ever-changing images of queer characters onscreen, but also the work of queer filmmakers and thecultural histories of queer audiences.
Other form:Print version: Queer images Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Pub., c2006. 0742519716 (cloth : alk. paper)
Review by Choice Review

This volume replaces Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet (CH, Mar'82) as the authoritative text on this subject. Writing in an engaging, literate style, Benshoff (Univ. of North Texas) and Griffin (Southern Methodist Univ.) brilliantly interweave film theory and queer theory with a history of the US film industry, a complicated task. The authors put equal emphasis on representation and reception. For gay and lesbian Americans, "making meaning" out of mainstream and independent films often meant "queering" the text. An introductory chapter on theories of sexuality and definitions of queer film lays an important foundation for the reader. The authors display remarkable, almost archival knowledge of gay representation in classic Hollywood film and the contributions of queer artists to these films. The concluding chapters on queer independent film and Hollywood's representation of gay and lesbian characters in the 1990s add substantially to Russo's groundbreaking work. A crucial element of this book is that the authors never pass judgment on individual films, either condemning or praising them. Including an invaluable bibliography, this volume is now the standard for those interested in gay and lesbian film in the US. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All readers; all levels. G. R. Butters Jr. Aurora University

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