Gay, Lesbian & Queer Criticism, Theory
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Farewell My Concubine
Helen Hok-Sze Leung
Farewell My Concubine, part of the "Queer Film Classics" series, is a thought-provoking consideration of Chen Kaige's acclaimed 1992 Chinese film about two male Peking opera stars and the woman who comes between them, set against the political turmoil of a China in transition in the mid-20th century. Softcover, 129 pp. $14.95.
Thomas Waugh & Jason Garrison
Montreal Main, is both a great indie film and a great queer film; a fascinating cinema verite take on North American social mores in the 1970s, about a twentysomething photographer living among the outcasts, junkies, and artists populating Montreal's bohemian neighborhood. This entry in the "Queer Film Classics" series examines the history, politics, and aesthetics of this landmark film. Softcover, 269 pp. $14.95.
Set in a contemporary middle-class Hindu household in the heart of Delhi, Fire is the story of Radha and Sita, the wives of two brothers, who fall in love with one another. This entry in the "Queer Film Classics" series delves into the controversial film by the Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, the first on lesbian love to have a commercial release in India. Softcover, 172 pp. $14.95.
50 Years of Queer Cinema
Darwin Porter & Danforth Prince
From the tawdry to the beautiful, "the love that dared not speak its name" is now firmly entrenched as a voice in independent film. 50 Years of Queer Cinema is loaded with insightful, opinionated reviews. These coupled with dozens of uber-dishy special features, disrobe for the first time some eternal truths about queer icons which in years past were only whispered about. Softcover, 522 pp. $29.95.
Queer Cinema in Europe
Edited by Robin Griffiths
The emergence of a noticeably 'queer' voice in European filmmaking over the past two decades has created an exciting new area for academic analysis and debate. This landmark anthology offers the first comprehensive account of an intriguing contemporary genre. Softcover, 227 pp. $48.00.
Out at the Movies: A History of Gay Cinema
Steven Paul Davies
Out at the Movies looks back, decade by decade, at the history of gay cinema, celebrating films which have defined the genre. Indie films, the avant-garde, sex on screen, bad guys, lesbian lovers, transgender films, camp comedies, musicals and gay rom-coms -- all are featured here. As well as highlighting key movements and triumphs in gay cinema, the author includes information on gay filmmakers and actors, and their influence within the industry. Softcover, 208 pp. $33.95.
Filming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film
Addressing representation and identity in a variety of production styles and genres, including experimental film and documentary, independent and mainstream film, and television drama, Filming Difference poses fundamental questions about the ways in which the art and craft of filmmaking force creative people to confront stereotypes and examine their own identities while representing the complexities of their subjects. Softcover, 378 pp. $34.95.
Queer Screen: A Screen Reader
Jackie Stacey & Sarah Street
Queer Screen: A Screen Reader brings together a selection of key articles on queer audio-visual cultures published over the past two decades in the internationally renowned journal, Screen, with a new introduction by Jackie Stacey and Sarah Street. This book considers a wide range of case studies including mainstream films as well as experimental audio-visual work. Softcover, 304 pp. $40.50.
The View From Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers
Edited by Matthew Hays
The history of gay and lesbian cinema is a storied one, and one that has become much larger in the post-Brokeback Mountain era. But the history of gay and lesbian filmmakers is a story all its own. In The View From Here, some of the world's leading queer film directors and screenwriters speak passionately and eloquently about the medium, and the challenges they face overcoming the demands of the Hollywood studio system and "the market" to create films that are entertaining, engaging, and truthful. Softcover, 383 pp. $26.95.
The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities,
From pornography to autobiography, from the Cold War to the sexual revolution,
from rural roots and mythologies to the queer meccas of Vancouver, Toronto,
and Montreal, The Romance of Transgression in Canada is a history of
sexual representation on the large and small screen in English Canada
and Quebec. Softcover, 599 pp. $34.95.
British Queer Cinema
This anthology brings together a diverse range of innovative new essays
that explore, for the first time, the provocative history of lesbian,
gay and queer representation in British cinema. Through case studies
films, performers, and issues, this timely collection maps the relationship
between contemporary queer sexuality and its socio-historical, national
and critical contexts.
Softcover, 248 pp. $35.95.
Queer Issues in Contemporary Latin American Cinema
David William Foster
In this study of queer issues in Latin American cinema, David William Foster
offers highly perceptive queer readings of fourteen key films. He examines each
film in terms of the ideology of its narrative discourse, whether homoerotic
desire or a critique of patriarchal heterosexism and its implications for Latin
American social life and human rights. This book will be essential reading for
everyone working in queer studies and film studies. Softcover, 186 pp. $29.95.
Ladies or Gentleman: A Pictorial History of Male Cross-Dressing in
In Ladies or Gentlemen, male cross-dressing goes to the
movies. The product of some 30 years of research, the book's 700 rare
photos, culled from archives all over the world and more than half of which
have never been seen before,
cover a panorama of over 90 years of international film production. As
such, it is the first in-depth pictorial history of cinematic female
impersonation. Hardcover, 408 pp. $83.95.
Queer Cinema: The Film Reader
Harry Benshoff & Sean Griffin
Queer Cinema: The Film Reader brings together key writings that use
queer theory to explore cinematic sexualities, especially those historically
designated as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgendered. The collection
relationship between cinematic representations of sexuality and their
social, historical, and industrial contexts. Softcover, 242 pp. $38.95.
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