Queer Imaginings: On Writing and Cinematic Friendship (Queer Screens) (Hardcover)

Queer Imaginings: On Writing and Cinematic Friendship (Queer Screens) By David A. Gerstner Cover Image

Queer Imaginings: On Writing and Cinematic Friendship (Queer Screens) (Hardcover)


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Discovering the queer auteur and their seductive cinematic delights and possibilities.

How do we identify the "queer auteur" and their queer imaginings? Is it possible to account for such a figure when the very terms "queer" and "auteur" invoke aesthetic surprises and disorientations, disconcerting ironies and paradoxes, and biographical deceits and ambiguities? In eighteen eloquent chapters, David A. Gerstner traces a history of ideas that spotlight an ever-shifting terrain associated with auteur theory and, in particular, queer-auteur theory. Engaging with the likes of Oscar Wilde, Walter Benjamin, James Baldwin, Jean Louis Baudry, Linda Nochlin, Jane Gallop, C el Keegan, Luce Irigaray, and other prominent critical thinkers, Gerstner contemplates how the queer auteur in film theory might open us to the work of desire.

Queer Imaginings argues for a queer-auteur in which critical theory is reenabled to reconceptualize the auteur in relation to race, gender, sexuality, and desire. Gerstner succinctly defines the contours of a history and the ongoing discussions that situate queer and auteur theories in film studies. Ultimately, Queer Imaginings is a journey in shared pleasures in which writing for and about cinema makes way for unanticipated cinematic friendships.

Product Details ISBN: 9780814350201
ISBN-10: 0814350208
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication Date: March 21st, 2023
Pages: 328
Language: English
Series: Queer Screens