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Lecture 22

ETS 154 Lecture Notes - Lecture 22: My Own Private Idaho, Gus Van Sant, Todd HaynesPremium

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English Textual Studies
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ETS 154

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November 14, 2016
New Queer Cinema (Week 12)
Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995)
-Christine Vachon- Producer for Todd Haynes
Sex vs. Gender
-Sex = biologically assigned category of identity that designates one as male/female
May be changed with medical assistance
May involve variations in M/F characteristics
-Gender = socially constructed category of indent that designates one as masculine/feminine
There is a variability in gender identity, which means what is masculine and feminine does
not stay the same throughout space and time
“Queer” Defined
-Reclaimed by certain LGBT communities as a term of empowerment rather than homographic
-Suggests just how weird sexuality is, regardless of one’s orientation and challenges any
WORD? sense of sexual normalcy? (Who decides what’s normal)
-As opposed to terms such as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, queer is an umbrella term
for non-normative sexual identities and includes people whose sexual identities is not
necessarily exclusive to 1 category
Watershed Years in Independent Queer Cinema (91-92)
-Toronto Festival of Festivals, Sept 1991 (now called Toronto International Film Festival or
My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant)
RSVP (Laurie Lynd)
Edward II (Derek Jarman)
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