A Queer Romance: Lesbians, Gay Men and Popular Culture

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Paul Burston, Paul Burston Nfa, Colin Richardson
Taylor & Francis, Sep 14, 2006 - Social Science - 272 pages
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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 possibilites of popular culture for lesbians and gay men.
In a collection that is in-yer-face but never out-to-lunch, the contributors variously revisit 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; 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.

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About the author (2006)

Paul Burston is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist whose novels include 'Shameless' (shortlisted for the State of Britain Award 2001), 'Star People', 'Lovers & Losers' (shortlisted for the Stonewall Award 2007) and 'The Gay Divorcee' (voted Book of the Year by SoSoGay 2010).His short stories have appeared in 'Bloody Vampires' and 'Boys & Girls', which he also edited. Paul is also the host of 'London's peerless gay literary salon' Polari and a curator at the London Literature Festival.

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