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Lecture 22

ETS 154 Lecture 22: New Queer Cinema (Week 12)

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Syracuse University
English Textual Studies
ETS 154

find more resources at 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 slur - 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 WatershedYearsinIndependentQueerCinema(’91-’92 ) - Toronto Festival of Festivals, Sept 1991 (now called Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF) • My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant) • RSVP (Laurie Lynd) • Edward II (Derek Jarman) ▯1 find more resources at find more resources at November 14, 2016 - Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Nov 1991) • Gay/Lesbian retrospectives, new films by international directors (Austria, Chile) - Sundance Film Festivals (Park City, Utah), Jan 1992 • The Hour and Times (Christopher Münch) • The Living End (GreggAraki) • Swoon (Tom Kalin) - By 1992, queer themed films had entered the mainstream, albeit controversially with The Silence of Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991) and Basic Instinct (Paul Verhoeven), 1992) - 16thAnnual San Francisco Gay and Lesbian F
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