Deviant Eyes, Deviant Bodies: Sexual Re-orientations in Film and Video

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Columbia University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 349 pages
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Engaging feminist and queer theory ranging from Nancy Chodorow to Judith Butler to Valerie Solanis's SCUM Manifesto, Straayer considers the wealth of films made by and for nontraditional viewers. Straayer investigation ranges from Stella Dallas to Mrs. Doubtfire, "experimental" lesbian and gay films from the classic Maedchen in Uniform to the contemporary Go Fish, and music video icons such as David Bowie, Dead or Alive, and Divine to investigate transgressions of traditional gender boundaries.

  

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Straayer (cinema studies, NYU) approaches feminist film theory from a queer (primarily lesbian) perspective, examining complex relationships between viewer and film while arguing for a rethinking of ... Read full review

Contents

The Hypothetical Lesbian Heroine in Narrative Feature Film
9
Coming Out in a New World Monika Treuts Virgin Machine
23
Redressing the Natural The Temporary Transvestite Film
42
The SheMan Postmodern BiSexed Performance in Film and Video
79
Queer Theory Feminist Theory Grounds for Rhetorical Figures
102
Baby Butch Meets Mother Beloved
105
The Man Behind the Mask
140
The Public Private Negotiating Subjectivity
160
Discourse Intercourse A Compendium of Sexual Scripts
184
The Seduction of Boundaries Feminist Fluidity in Annie Sprinkles ArtLife
233
A Graphic InterrogatoryBeyond Dimorphic Sex
253
Notes
289
FilmVideography
317
Bibliography
323
Index
343
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CHRIS STRAAYER is associate professor of cinema studies at New York University.

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