Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Essays on Popular Culture

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Duke University Press, 1995 - Social Science - 535 pages
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Out in Culture charts some of the ways in which lesbians, gays, and queers have understood and negotiated the pleasures and affirmations, as well as the disappointments, of mass culture. The essays collected here, combining critical and theoretical works from a cross-section of academics, journalists, and artists, demonstrate a rich variety of gay and lesbian approaches to film, television, popular music, and fashion. This wide-ranging anthology is the first to juxtapose pioneering work in gay and lesbian media criticism with recent essays in contemporary queer cultural studies.
Uniquely accessible, Out in Culture presents such popular writers as B. Ruby Rich, Essex Hemphill, and Michael Musto as well as influential critics such as Richard Dyer, Chris Straayer, and Julia Lesage, on topics ranging from the queer careers of Agnes Moorehead and Pee Wee Herman to the cultural politics of gay drag, lesbian style, the visualization of AIDS, and the black snap! queen experience. Of particular interest are two "dossiers," the first linking essays on the queer content of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, and the second on the production and reception of popular music within gay and lesbian communities. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography—the most comprehensive currently available—of sources in gay, lesbian, and queer media criticism.
Out in Culture explores the distinctive and original ways in which gays, lesbians, and queers have experienced, appropriated, and resisted the images and artifacts of popular culture. This eclectic anthology will be of interest to a broad audience of general readers and scholars interested in gay and lesbian issues; students of film, media, gender, and cultural studies; and those interested in the emerging field of queer theory.

Contributors. Sabrina Barton, Edith Becker, Rhona J. Berenstein, Nayland Blake, Michelle Citron, Danae Clark, Corey K. Creekmur, Alexander Doty, Richard Dyer, Heather Findlay, Jan Zita Grover, Essex Hemphill, John Hepworth, Jeffrey Hilbert, Lucretia Knapp, Bruce La Bruce, Al LaValley, Julia Lesage, Michael Moon, Michael Musto, B. Ruby Rich, Marlon Riggs, Arlene Stein, Chris Straayer, Anthony Thomas, Mark Thompson, Valerie Traub, Thomas Waugh, Patricia White, Robin Wood

 

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Contents

lntroduction Corey K Creekmur and Alexander Doty
1
Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic Robin Wood
12
Lesbians and Film Edith Becker Michelle Citron Julia Lesage
25
The Hypothetical Lesbian Heroine in Narrative Feature Film
44
The Great Escape AlLaValley
60
Theres Something Queer Here Alexander Doty
71
The Queer Career of Agnes Moorehead
91
The Disarticulations
115
Rebecca RhonaJ Berenstein
239
Dossier on Popular Music Introduction by Corey K Creekmur
403
Arlene Stein
416
Anthony Thomas
437
A Brief History of Queens Mark Thompson
447
The Politics of Drag Jeffrey Hilbert
463
Reflections of a Snap Queen Marlon Riggs
470
All Dressed Up But No Place to Go? Style Wars and the New Lesbianism
476

Madchen in Un1form
137
Masculine Performance in My Darl1ng Clementine
167
Dossier on Hitchcock Introduction by Alexander Doty
183
Robin Wood and Response by John Hepworth 18 6
197
Sabrina Barton
216
Commodity Lesbianism Danae Clark
484
Gay Lesbian and Queer Popular Culture Bibliography
501
Acknowledgments of Copyright
525
Index
531
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Corey K. Creekmur is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Iowa. Alexander Doty is Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and the author of Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture.

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