Making Things Perfectly Queer
Interpreting Mass Culture
By (author) Alexander Doty
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Making Things Perfectly Queer by Alexander Doty
Book DescriptionAs a concept, "queerness" describes a cultural common ground between gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and other non-straights, but it also suggests a diverse and often uncategorizable cultural space that is everywhere in mass culture. Whether recognized or denied, queerness is an approach to mass culture that is shared by people with every kind of sexual self-definition. In "Making Things Perfectly Queer", Alexander Doty argues that films, television, and other forms of mass culture consistently elicit a wide range of queer responses, and suggests a framework for interpreting mass culture that stands as a corrective for many standard cultural approaches. Doty demonstrates how queer readings can be - and are - performed by examining star images like "Jack Benny" and "Pee-wee Herman", women-centered sitcoms like "Laverne and Shirley" and "Designing Women", film directors like George Cukor and Dorothy Arzner, and genres like the musical. In developing these readings, he suggests that queerness, not straightness, just might be the most pervasive sexual dynamic at work in mass culture production and reception.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816622450
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 14-Jun-1993
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alexander Doty
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Doty takes us to the queer side of criticism, offering controversial views of the stars, the plots, and the directors of our best loved and most iconic films.
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