New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader / Edition 1

New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader / Edition 1

by Michele Aaron
     
 

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 proliferation of "queer" images and themes within the mainstream. Why did this…  See more details below

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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 proliferation of "queer" images and themes within the mainstream. Why did this transition take place? Was it political gains, cultural momentum, or market forces that energized the evolution and transformation of this cinematic genre?

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 pivotal directors (Todd Haynes and Gregg Araki) and salient films (Paris is Burning, Boys Don't Cry), as well as nonmainstream 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. Although there are certainly other books on gay and lesbian issues in film, this is the first full-length study of recent developments in queer cinema, combining indispensable discussions of central issues with exciting new work by key writers.

Features
. Provides a definitive introduction to New Queer Cinema
. Clear structure with each section addressing a key topic in the study of New Queer Cinema
. Themes covered include genre, gender and race, politics, media, and the relationship between New Queer Cinema and the mainstream.

Michele Aaron is Lecturer in Film Studies at Brunel University, London.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534862
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
414,162
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1New queer cinema : an introduction3
2New queer cinema15
3AIDS and new queer cinema23
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
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
13Reception of a queer mainstream film172
14The new queer spectator187

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