New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader / Edition 1

New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader / Edition 1

by Michele Aaron
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813534860

ISBN-13: 9780813534862

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Coined in the early 1990s to describe a burgeoning film movement, “New Queer Cinema” has turned the attention of film theorists, students, and audiences to the proliferation of intelligent, stylish, and daring work by lesbian and gay filmmakers within independent cinema and to the infiltration of “queer” images and themes into the mainstream

Overview

Coined in the early 1990s to describe a burgeoning film movement, “New Queer Cinema” has turned the attention of film theorists, students, and audiences to the proliferation of intelligent, stylish, and daring work by lesbian and gay filmmakers within independent cinema and to the infiltration of “queer” images and themes into the mainstream. Why did this shift take place? Was it political gains, cultural momentum, or market forces that energized the evolution and transformation of this cinematic genre?

New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader provides a definitive and highly readable guide to the development of this important and controversial film movement. The volume is divided into four sections: defining “new queer cinema,” assessing its filmmakers, examining geographic and national differences, and theorizing spectatorship. Chapters address the work of pivotal directors (such as Todd Haynes and Gregg Araki) and salient films (including Paris is Burning and Boys Don’t Cry), as well as unconventional and non-Anglo-American work (experimental filmmaking and third world cinema).

With a critical eye to its uneasy relationship to the mainstream, New Queer Cinema explores the aesthetic, sociocultural, political, and, necessarily, commercial investments of the movement. It is the first full-length study of recent developments in queer cinema that combines indispensable discussions of central issues with exciting new work by key writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534862
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,274,710
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsvii
List of Illustrationsix
Notes on Contributorsxi
Part INew Queer Cinema in Context
1New Queer Cinema: An Introduction3
2New Queer Cinema15
3AIDS and New Queer Cinema23
Part IINew Queer Filmmaking
Overview39
4The Characteristics of New Queer Filmmaking: Case Study - Todd Haynes41
5Camp and Queer and the New Queer Director: Case Study - Gregg Araki53
6Art Cinema and Murderous Lesbians68
7New Queer Cinema and Experimental Video80
Part IIILocating New Queer Cinema
Overview101
8New Queer Cinema and Lesbian Films103
9New Queer Cinema: Spectacle, Race, Utopia119
10New Black Queer Cinema128
11Nationality and New Queer Cinema: Australian Film144
12New Queer Cinema and Third Cinema155
Part IVWatching New Queer Cinema
Overview171
13Reception of a Queer Mainstream Film172
14The New Queer Spectator187
Index201

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