Queer Images chronicles representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer sexualities over one hundred years of American film. The most up-to-date and comprehensive book of its kind, it explores the ever-changing images of queer characters onscreen as well as the work of queer filmmakers and the cultural histories of queer audiences-from the works of discreetly homosexual filmmakers during Hollywood's Golden Age and classical Hollywood's attempt to purge "sex perversion" from films, to queer exploitation and physique films, cinematic responses to AIDS, and how contemporary Hollywood deals with queer issues. An essential volume for film buffs and anyone interested in sexuality and culture.
Harry M. Benshoff is associate professor of radio, television, and film at the University of North Texas and author of Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film. Sean Griffin is associate professor of film and media studies at Southern Methodist University and author of Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out. They are the co-authors of America on Film and the co-editors of Queer Cinema: The Film Reader.
Chapter 1 Introduction: What Is Queer Film History? Chapter 2 1 From Pansies to Predators: Queer Characters in Early American Cinema Chapter 3 2 Discreet Charms: Queer Filmmakers in Classical Hollywood Chapter 4 3 "Those Wonderful People Out There in the Dark": Queer Audiences and Classical Hollywood Cinema Chapter 5 4 Fear and Loathing in Postwar Hollywood Chapter 6 5 Exploitation or Art? Queer Films beyond Hollywood Chapter 7 6 Hollywood and the Sexual Revolution Chapter 8 7 Producing Pride: Queers Make Movies Chapter 9 8 Out of the Closet and into the Art House Chapter 10 9 A Matter of Life and Death: AIDS, Activism, Film, and Video Chapter 11 10 Hollywood Is Burning: New Queer Cinema Chapter 12 11 Queer Eye for the Straight Hollywood Executive Chapter 13 12 Queer Independent Film at the Turn of the Millennium Chapter 14 Select Bibliography