Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Essays on Popular Culture / Edition 1

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Out in Culture charts some of the ways in which lesbians, gays, and queers have understood and negotiated the pleasures and affirmations, as well as the disappointments, of mass culture. The essays collected here, combining critical and theoretical works from a cross-section of academics, journalists, and artists, demonstrate a rich variety of gay and lesbian approaches to film, television, popular music, and fashion. This wide-ranging anthology is the first to juxtapose pioneering work in gay and lesbian media criticism with recent essays in contemporary queer cultural studies.
Uniquely accessible, Out in Culture presents such popular writers as B. Ruby Rich, Essex Hemphill, and Michael Musto as well as influential critics such as Richard Dyer, Chris Straayer, and Julia Lesage, on topics ranging from the queer careers of Agnes Moorehead and Pee Wee Herman to the cultural politics of gay drag, lesbian style, the visualization of AIDS, and the black snap! queen experience. Of particular interest are two "dossiers," the first linking essays on the queer content of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, and the second on the production and reception of popular music within gay and lesbian communities. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography—the most comprehensive currently available—of sources in gay, lesbian, and queer media criticism.
Out in Culture explores the distinctive and original ways in which gays, lesbians, and queers have experienced, appropriated, and resisted the images and artifacts of popular culture. This eclectic anthology will be of interest to a broad audience of general readers and scholars interested in gay and lesbian issues; students of film, media, gender, and cultural studies; and those interested in the emerging field of queer theory.

Contributors. Sabrina Barton, Edith Becker, Rhona J. Berenstein, Nayland Blake, Michelle Citron, Danae Clark, Corey K. Creekmur, Alexander Doty, Richard Dyer, Heather Findlay, Jan Zita Grover, Essex Hemphill, John Hepworth, Jeffrey Hilbert, Lucretia Knapp, Bruce La Bruce, Al LaValley, Julia Lesage, Michael Moon, Michael Musto, B. Ruby Rich, Marlon Riggs, Arlene Stein, Chris Straayer, Anthony Thomas, Mark Thompson, Valerie Traub, Thomas Waugh, Patricia White, Robin Wood

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"Out in Culture is out at last! Professors: cast aside your tattered old photocopies of the classic queer pop essays. General readers: fasten your seat belts; its going to be a bumpy night. In the spirit of Bette Davis (with sidekicks like Agnes Morehead and Pee Wee Herman), Creekmur and Doty take us on a wild ride through the pioneering work of 70s gay and lesbian criticism to the most recent essays in queer cultural studies."—Constance Penley, University of California, Santa Barbara
Charts some of the ways in which lesbians, gays, and queers have understood and negotiated the pleasures and affirmations, as well as the disappointments and denials, of mass culture. Challenging the hegemonic structure of mainstream opinion and representation, the essays collected here develop antihomophobic and antiheterocentrist critical approaches to some of the major forms of contemporary mass culture: film, television, popular music, and fashion. Paper edition (unseen), $22.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822315414
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Series Q
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic 12
Lesbians and Film 25
The Hypothetical Lesbian Heroine in Narrative Feature Film 44
The Great Escape 60
There's Something Queer Here 71
Supporting Character: The Queer Career of Agnes Moorehead 91
The Ambiguities of"Lesbian" Viewing Pleasure: The (Dis)articulations of Black Widow 115
From Repressive Tolerance to Erotic Liberation: Madchen in Uniform 137
Acting Like a Man: Masculine Performance in My Darling Clementine 167
Hitchcock's Homophobia 186
The Murderous Gays: Hitchcock's Homophobia 197
"Crisscross": Paranoia and Projection in Strangers on a Train 216
"I'm not the sort of person men marry": Monsters, Queers, and Hitchcock's Rebecca 239
The Queer Voice in Marnie 262
Flaming Closets 282
Men's Pornography: Gay vs. Straight 307
Freud's "Fetishism" and the Lesbian Dildo Debates 328
Tom of Finland: An Appreciation 343
Visible Lesions: Images of the PWA 354
Pee Wee Herman: The Homosexual Subtext 382
In Living Color: Toms, Coons, Mammies, Faggots, and Bucks 389
In Defense of Disco 407
Crossover Dreams: Lesbianism and Popular Music since the 1970s 416
Immaculate Connection 427
The House the Kids Built: The Gay Black Imprint on American Dance Music 437
Children of Paradise: A Brief History of Queens 447
The Politics of Drag 463
Black Macho Revisited: Reflections of a Snap! Queen 470
All Dressed Up But No Place to Go? Style Wars and the New Lesbianism 476
Commodity Lesbianism 484
Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Popular Culture Bibliography 501
Acknowledgments of Copyright 525
Contributors 528
Index 531
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