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Straight Girls and Queer GuysThe Hetero Media Gaze in Film and Television$
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Christopher Pullen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694846

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694846.001.0001

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Queer Gazes and Identifications

Queer Gazes and Identifications

(p.41) Chapter 2 Queer Gazes and Identifications
Straight Girls and Queer Guys

Christopher Pullen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the hetero media gaze in relation to queer subjectivity and narcissism, exploring the prototypical filmic representation of queer desire in early Hollywood cinema, and the later impact of New Queer Cinema. Considering the case studies Rope (Alfred Hitchcock 1948, US) and Suddenly Last Summer (Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1959, US), as prototypes of queer desire and the formation of the queer gaze, and Swoon (Tom Kalin 1992, US) as a contemporary queer text, issues of adaptation and historical biography are centrally framed. Later the significance of the queer auteur is explored, evident in Caravaggio (Derek Jarman 1986, UK), Edward II (Derek Jarman 1991), The Living End (Gregg Araki 1992, US) and Mysterious Skin (Gregg Araki 2005, US) considering the aesthetics of the painterly and historical image, in developing the notion of the queer gaze.

Keywords:   Queer gaze, Hollywood, Narcissism, New Queer Cinema, Prototypical, Aesthetics

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