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Queer Cinema in Europe

Queer cinema has gained scholarly attention in recent years as a manifestation of the conflicts, anxieties, and liberation of European sexuality. Robin Griffiths’ Queer Cinema in Europe, the first anthology of its kind, probes the questions and implications of sex, gender, and identity in contemporary European filmmaking. An esteemed group of contributors discuss the varieties of lesbian and gay representation to deconstruct and redefine notions of national identity and culture in a diverse European context. This volume explores a wide scope of films, directors, and genres to forge a new understanding of what it means to be queer in the twenty-first century. 

192 pages | 40 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2008

Film Studies

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Notes on Contributors


Introduction: Contesting Borders: Mapping a European Queer Cinema

Robin Griffiths


Part One: Queer Identities

Chapter 1:        Queering the Family in François Ozon’s Sitcom

Michelle Chilcoat


Chapter 2:        Representing Gay Male Domesticity in French Film of the Late 1990s

Todd W. Reeser


Chapter 3:        The Films of Ducastel and Matineau: Gay Identity, the Family, and the Autobiographical Self

Christopher Pullen


Part Two: Queer Aesthetics


Chapter 4:        The Body Picturesque: The Films of Bravo Defurne

Michael Williams


Chapter 5:        The Mechanical Reproduction of Melodrama: Matthias Müller’s ‘Home’ Movies

Robert L. Cagle


Chapter 6:        The Animated Queer

Aylish Wood


Part Three: Queer Spaces


Chapter 7:        Bars to Understanding?: Depictions of the ‘Gay Bar’ in Film with Specific References to Coming Out, Les nuits fauves, and Beautiful Thing

Steve Wharton


Chapter 8:        Queer as Turk: A Journey to Three Queer Melodramas

Baris Kiliçbay


Chapter 9:        Bodies without Borders? Queer Cinema and Sexuality after the Fall

Robin Griffiths


Chapter 10:      School Is Out: British ‘Coming Out’ Films in the 1990s

Santiago Fouz-Hernández


Part Four: Queer Perfomances


Chapter 11:      Trans-Europe Success: Dirk Bogarde’s International Queer Stardom

Glyn Davis


Chapter 12:      Subjection and Power in Monika Treut and Elfi Mikesch’s Seduction—The Cruel Woman: An Extension of the Configuration of Power in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Late Oeuvre

Andrea Reimann


Chapter 13:      Berlin Is Running: Olympic Memories and Queer Performances

Andrew Webber


Chapter 14:      Transgressive Drag Kings, Defying Dildoed Dykes: A Look at Contemporary Swedish Queer Film

Louise Wallenberg

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