New Queer Cinema: A Critical Reader / Edition 1

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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 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: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author


MICHELE AARON is lecturer in film studies at Brunel University, London, where she also co-edits the on-line journal EnterText. She is the editor of The Body's Perilous Pleasures: Dangerous Desires and Contemporary Culture.
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Table of Contents

1 New queer cinema : an introduction 3
2 New queer cinema 15
3 AIDS and new queer cinema 23
4 The characteristics of new queer filmmaking : case study - Todd Haynes 41
5 Camp and queer and the new queer director : case study - Gregg Araki 53
6 Art cinema and murderous lesbians 68
7 New queer cinema and experimental video 80
8 New queer cinema and lesbian films 103
9 New queer cinema : spectacle, race, utopia 119
10 New black queer cinema 128
11 Nationality and new queer cinema : Australian film 144
12 New queer cinema and third cinema 155
13 Reception of a queer mainstream film 172
14 The new queer spectator 187
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