Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 269 pages
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"White writes with considerable flair, and her arguments are always interesting..." —Choice

"Uncovering a massive trove of what she calls 'lesbian representability'—images of lesbian desire, love and life—in mainstream movies, White provides an insightful look at classic American films.... her myriad examples and finely wrought arguments prove both convincing and engaging." —Publishers Weekly

"Conspiratorial and witty, Uninvited is a mischievous invitation to dissect classical cinema by someone who wields the razor with glee." —OUT Magazine

Lesbian characters, stories, and images were barred from onscreen depiction in Hollywood films from the 1930s to the 1960s, together with all forms of "sex perversion." Looking at the lure of some of the great female stars and at the visual coding of supporting actresses, the book identifies lesbian spectatorial strategies.

 

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Contents

Reading the Codes
1
THREE
48
Female Spectator Lesbian Specter
61
FOUR
80
FIVE
117
Supporting Character
136
On Retrospectatorship
194
Notes
217
Works Cited
245
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About the author (1999)

Patricia White, Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, teaches film and cultural studies at Swarthmore College. Her work has appeared in Screen, The Oxford Guide to Film Studies, and in numerous collections of feminist and lesbian/gay film studies. She is co-editor of a Wide Angle special issue devoted to the work of the feminist film distributor Women make Movies and a member of the editorial collective of Camera Obscura.