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A queer romance : lesbians, gay men, and popular culture / edited by Paul Burston and Colin Richardson
Bib ID 2056267
Format BookBook
Description London ; New York : Routledge, 1995 
xii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0415096170 (hardback)
0415096189 (paperback)
Summary

It's here and it's queer - popular culture inhabits all our lives, whether it comes in the form of movies or magazines, TV or shopping. A Queer Romance brings together critics, writers and artists to debate the possibilities of popular culture for lesbians and gay men.

In a collection that is in-yer-face but never out-to-lunch, the contributors variously visit debates about the gaze to provide a new theory of Queer viewing; discuss texts coded as queer - from lesbian vampires to Hollywood's use of gay codes in mainstream films such as Top Gun and Black Widow; discover whether Sandra Bernhard is really 'a black man masquerading as a Jewish dominatrix'; consider the sexual and cultural narratives at play in the world of home shopping catalogues; explore the pleasures and perils of gay cultural production, from the radically queer film-making of Monika Treut to the wild world of homocore fanzines, and address the possibilities of texts claiming to be for the gay spectator - from pornography 'by women, for women and about women' to 'Out' TV. The contributors to A Queer Romance don't all agree, but, taken together, the collection argues strongly that everyone can have their queer moments.

Full contents
  • 1. The Gaze Revisited, Or Reviewing Queer Viewing / Caroline Evans and Lorraine Gamman
  • 2. Black Lesbian Spectatorship and Pleasure in Popular Cinema / Z. Isiling Nataf
  • 3. The Gay Gaze, Or Why I Want My MTV / Steven Drukman
  • 4. La Belle Dame Sans Merci? / Tanya Krzywinska
  • 5. Just a Gigolo? Narcissism, Nellyism and the 'New Man' Theme / Paul Burston
  • 6. The Transgressive Sexual Subject / Cherry Smyth
  • 7. We're Here, We're Queer and We're Not Going Catalogue Shopping / Gregory Woods
  • 8. Monika Treut: An Outlaw at Home / Colin Richardson
  • 9. The Wild, Wild World of Fanzines: Notes from a Reluctant Pornographer / Bruce LaBruce
  • 10. 'By Women, for Women and About Women' Rules OK? The Impossibility of Visual Soliloquy / Anna Marie Smith
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Gays in popular culture.  |  Homosexuality and art.  |  Homosexuality and literature.  |  Homosexuality -- Public opinion.
Other authors/contributors Burston, Paul, 1965-  |  Richardson, Colin, 1959-

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