In Queer Males in Contemporary Cinema: Becoming Visible, Kylo-Patrick R. Hart explores both latent and manifest representations of queer males in noteworthy cinema from the mid-20th to the early 21st century. Hart examines films pertaining to bisexual, gay, and transgender men, as well as transsexuals, transvestites, queer people with HIV/AIDS, queer teens, and others. Throughout, this book continually reminds readers that both mainstream and independent films communicate, reinforce, and perpetuate culturally pervasive notions of "normalcy," "deviance," and "social otherness" in ways that frequently have real-and sometimes detrimental-effects on actual people. Queer Males in Contemporary Cinema provides perceptive insights for students and academics interested in film history, cultural studies, gender studies, media studies, popular culture, and LGBT studies.
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart is chair of the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at Texas Christian University. He is the author or editor of several books about media, including The AIDS Movie: Representing a Pandemic in Film and Television (2000), Film and Sexual Politics (2006), Film and Television Stardom (2008), and Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki (2010).
Contents Foreword by Hollis Griffin Acknowledgments Preface Part I: Latent Representations Chapter 1: The Love Between Warden and Prew That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Containing Homosexuality as Subtext in From Here to Eternity Chapter 2: Gay Male Spectatorship, Textual Flexibility, and Mainstream American Cinema Part II: Manifest Representations Chapter 3: "Out of the Closets and Into the Shadows": Cruising with the Boys in the Band Chapter 4: Queering the Teen Movie: Exploring Groundbreaking Representations of Non-Heterosexual Adolescents in Gregg Araki's Teen-Apocalypse Trilogy Chapter 5: Gay Men, Self-Representation, and AIDS Documentaries Chapter 6: When Style Becomes Substance: The Form and Function of a Rap Aesthetic in the AIDS Movie Chocolate Babies Chapter 7: Increasing Visi(bi)lity: Bisexual Men in Contemporary U.S. Cinema Chapter 8: Transamerican Cinema: Representing Gender Dysphoria on Film Chapter 9: Retrograde Storytelling or Queer Cinematic Triumph? The (Not So) Groundbreaking Qualities of the Film Brokeback Mountain Chapter 10: Back to the Future: Queer Representations and the Films of John Cameron Mitchell Bibliography Filmography Index About the Author