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Nick Rees-Roberts

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748634187

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748634187.001.0001

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Mauvais Genres: Transgender and Gay Identity

Mauvais Genres: Transgender and Gay Identity

(p.67) 3. Mauvais Genres: Transgender and Gay Identity
French Queer Cinema

Nick Rees-Roberts

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter focuses on the argument that transgender articulates uncertainty as to the categories of gender and sexual identities. It analyses mainstream and independent queer community-based documentaries and narrative cinemas that reveal the strains between transgender and lesbian and gay identities in the French context. The chapter compares and contrasts the emergence of political activism against institutional psychiatry with more intimate projections of transgender by filmmakers such as Patrice Chéreau and Jacques Nolot.

Keywords:   transgender, sexual identities, queer documentaries, narrative cinemas, lesbian identities, gay identities, political activism, Patrice Chéreau, Jacques Nolot

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