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Between the Sheets, in the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary

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The first book to focus on the connections between sexuality, activism, and documentary film.

From film festivals to university campuses, from private homes to first-run theaters, people everywhere are viewing and discussing gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, and transgender films and videos. Between the Sheets, In the Streets considers these videos and films, testifying to the unavoidable connections between sexuality (the sheets) and activism ...

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Overview

The first book to focus on the connections between sexuality, activism, and documentary film.

From film festivals to university campuses, from private homes to first-run theaters, people everywhere are viewing and discussing gay, lesbian, queer, bisexual, and transgender films and videos. Between the Sheets, In the Streets considers these videos and films, testifying to the unavoidable connections between sexuality (the sheets) and activism (the streets) for all who identify as gay, lesbian, or queer in the 1990s.

Among the topics discussed are representations of young queers on such shows as MTV's The Real World; pre-Stonewall films; portrayals of lesbians and aging; video activism in Oregon and the South; and the works of Derek Jarman, Su Friedrich, Cheryl Dunye, and Sadie Benning. A range of films and videos is examined, including Strangers in Good Company, Paris Is Burning, Juggling Gender, Silverlake Life, and Without You I'm Nothing.

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This major collection of essays compiled by Holmlund (Romance and Asian languages, Univ. of Tennessee) and Fuchs (English/film studies, George Mason Univ.) is the first to focus on the connection between the sexuality of queer cinema and the social activism of documentary film. Ranging from pre-Stonewall films to such recent features as Flaming Creatures to MTV's Real World series, these essays add a new dimension to two potentially rich fields of study. The 15 contributors include such academic critics as Chris Straayer (Deviant Eyes, Deviant Bodies, LJ 1/97) and Linda Dittmar (From Hanoi to Hollywood, LJ 2/1/91). This excellent supplement to the literature of queer film studies belongs in academic libraries alongside Vito Russo's seminal Celluloid Closet (LJ 6/1/81).Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A. & M. Univ. Lib., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816627752
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Visible Evidence Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Queer Representation and Oregon's 1992 Anti-Gay Ballot Measure: Measuring the Politics of Mainstreaming 15
2 Imaging the Queer South: Southern Lesbian and Gay Documentary 30
3 Real/Young/TV Queer 46
4 Of Hags and Crones: Reclaiming Lesbian Desire for the Trouble Zone of Aging 71
5 Documentary That Dare/Not Speak Its Name: Jack Smith's Flaming Creatures 91
6 Walking on Tippy Toes: Lesbian and Gay Liberation Documentary of the Post-Stonewall Period 1969-84 107
7 When Autobiography Meets Ethnography and Girl Meets Girl: The "Dyke Docs" of Sadie Benning and Su Friedrich 127
8 Love, Death, and Videotape: Silverlake Life 144
9 Autobiography, Home Movies, and Derek Jarman's History Lesson 158
10 Getting into Lesbian Shorts: White Spectators and Performative Documentaries by Makers of Color 175
11 "Hard to Believe": Reality Anxieties in Without You I'm Nothing, Paris Is Burning, and "Dunyementaries" 190
12 Transgender Mirrors: Queering Sexual Difference 207
13 Irony and Dissembling: Queer Tactics for Experimental Documentary 224
Film and Videography 241
Contributors 265
Index 269
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