Making things perfectly queer : interpreting mass culture /
Alexander Doty.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993.
xix, 146 p.
0816622442 (HC : acid-free) 0816622450 (PB : acid-free)
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c1993.
0816622442 (HC : acid-free) 0816622450 (PB : acid-free)
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1993-03-22:
Doty, who teaches film and gay and lesbian studies at Lehigh University, is concerned in this volume with uncovering gay/lesbian/bisexual elements in unexpected places in popular culture. He wishes ``to challenge the politics of denotation and connotation'' in traditional ``heterocentric'' critical practice. Otherwise ``heterocentric texts can contain queer elements, and basically heterosexual, straight-identifying people can experience queer moments,'' he writes, especially if one understands ``queer'' as encompassing more than just sexual behavior, but, rather, a range of cultural phenomena as well. Doty offers cogent analyses of the interaction between queerness and auteurist film theory, particularly as applied to a gay director like George Cukor or a lesbian filmmaker like Dorothy Arzner; of the lesbian inflections of female-bonding sitcoms like Laverne and Shirley ; and of Pee-wee Herman and gay male misogyny. Doty is an incisive writer, well versed in both pop and academic literature. His work is less jargon-ridden than is usual in critical theory books, and his choices of subject matter should help broaden the audience for this provocative book. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Table of Contents
Introduction: What Makes Queerness Most?
There's Something Queer Herep. 1
Whose Text Is It Anyway? Queer Cultures, Queer Auteurs, and Queer Authorshipp. 17
I Love Laverne and Shirley. Lesbian Narratives, Queer Pleasures, and Television Sitcomsp. 39
The Gay Straight Man: Jack Benny and The Jack Benny Programp. 63
The Sissy Boy, the Fat Ladies, and the Dykes: Queerness and/as Gender in Pee-wee's Worldp. 81
Afterword: "You Flush It, I Flaunt It!"p. 97
Notesp. 105
Indexp. 137
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