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Gay, Lesbian & Queer Criticism, Theory and History

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Farewell My ConcubineFarewell 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.

Montreal MainMontreal Main
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.

Shohini Ghosh
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 Cinema50 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 EuropeQueer 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 CinemaOut 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 FilmFilming Difference: Actors, Directors, Producers, and Writers on Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Film
Daniel Bernardi
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 ReaderQueer 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 HereThe 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 CanadaThe Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas

Thomas Waugh
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 CinemaBritish Queer Cinema

Robin Griffiths
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 of key 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 CinemaQueer 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 GentlemanLadies or Gentleman: A Pictorial History of Male Cross-Dressing in the Movies
Jean-Louis Ginibre
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 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 examines the relationship between cinematic representations of sexuality and their social, historical, and industrial contexts. Softcover, 242 pp. $38.95.

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Celluloid GazeCelluloid Gaze
Boze Hadleigh
Interviews with Sal Mineo, Rock Hudson, George Cukor, Luchino Visconti, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Cecil Beaton constitute this elucidating volume. All famous for working in the entertainment industry, these men also share common ground in the fact that they managed to, during their lifetimes, conceal their homosexuality from the public eye. Author Boze Hadleigh manages to pull frank and candid answers from his fascinating subjects. Softcover, 219 pp. $27.95.

The Bad MirrorThe Bad Mirror
Jack Hunter
These 18 chapters, culled from each of the 18 volumes in the Creation Cinema library, represent the best in scholarship on the subject of cult, exploitation, and underground cinema. Subjects of focus run the gamut, from "meat movies" and beat cinema, to freak films and hard-core pornography. Softcover, 282 pp. $20.99.

Now You See ItNow You See It
Richard Dyer
In this revised and updated new edition of Richad Dyer's groundbreaking study of films by and about lesbians and gay men, Dyer continues to spotlight both well-known and obscure films, as he discusses them in relation to to both film type and tradition and the sexual subculture in which it was made. Featuring an afterword by Julianne Pidduck, outlining developments in lesbian and gay cinema since 1990, including the rise of the "New Queer Cinema." Softcover, 339 pp. $34.95.

Screened OutScreened Out
Richard Barrios
Screened Out is a fresh and exhilarating look at sexuality in the Great Age of Movie-making. Spanning popular American cinema from the early 1900's until today, Richard Barrios offers a compulsively readable analysis of how Hollywood has used and depicted gays, and of the mixed signals it has given us. Intelligent and well-researched, this account highlights the tragedy and oppression, as well as the moments of freedom and compassion. Softcover, 402 pp., $28.95.

MGM's Greatest Musicals: 
The Arthur Freed UnitMGM's Greatest Musicals:
The Arthur Freed Unit

Hugh Fordin
A turbulent, behind-the-scenes, film-by-film account of the making of the most outstanding series of musicals in motion picture history. From 1940 to 1970, M-G-M producer Arthur Reed produced The Wizard Of Oz, Show Boat, Singin' In The Rain, Meet Me In St. Louis, An American In Paris, Kismet and many others. Softcover, $34.95.

Criminal DesiresCriminal Desires: Jean Genet and Cinema
Jane Giles
Illustrated throughout, and featuring an introduction by acclaimed novelist and Genet biographer Edmund White, Criminal Desires is a compelling induction into Jean Genet's underworld of prisons, voyeurism and homosexual lust which starkly illuminates a fascinating zone of forbidden cinema. Softcover, 142 pp. $29.95.

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Cinema's Sexual Myth Makers & Taboo BreakersFleshpot: Cinema's Sexual Myth Makers & Taboo Breakers
Jack Stevenson
is an indispensible guide to the alternative realms of erotic cinema, and a delirious sampling of the genres, personalities and trends that have set screens aflame since the dawn of motion pictures. This anthology of texts by an international group of experts and cult film personalities provides a fascinating and informative introduction to this multifarious subject. Softcover, 256 pp. $32.95.

A Problem Like MariaA Problem Like Maria: Gender and Sexuality in the American Musical
Stacy Wolf
Using popular titles such as South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Camelot, and The Sound of Music, this scholarly text focuses, through a lesbian feminist lens, how the musical theatre of the 50's and 60's subverted traditional ideologies by celebrating strong female characters who challenged gender expectations. Softcover, 289 pp., $30.95

Film and AuthorshipFilm and Authorship
Virginia Wright Wexman
During the 1960's when cinema first entered the acadamy as a serious object of study, the primary focus was on "auteurism" -- film authorship. Spanning approaches including poststructuralism, feminism, queer theory, postcolonialism, and cultural studies, the essays in this collection ask, what does auteurship look like today in light of all these developments? Includes an extensive bibliography. Softcover, 270 pp. $36.50.

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