By Brett Farmer

The snapshot of the movie-obsessed homosexual guy is a commonly circulating and conveniently recognizable section of the modern cultural panorama. utilizing psychoanalytic concept as his advisor whereas inflecting it with insights from either movie thought and queer idea, Brett Farmer strikes past this cliché to advance an leading edge exploration of homosexual spectatorship. the end result, Spectacular Passions, unearths how cinema has been engaged by way of homosexual males as an essential discussion board for “fantasmatic performance”—in this example, the creation of in particular queer identities, practices, and pleasures.
Building at the psychoanalytic idea of the fantasmatic, Farmer works to depathologize homosexual male subjectivity. whereas discussing such motion pictures as Kiss of the Spider lady, The Pirate, all at once final summer time, and Sunset side road, and stars starting from Mae West to Montgomery Clift, Farmer argues that the particularities of homosexual men’s social and psychic positionings encourage precise receptions of and investments in movie. The Hollywood musical, homosexual camp readings of the extravagant lady superstar, and the specific homoeroticism of the cinematic male physique in homosexual fanzines are additional evidence, says Farmer, of ways the moving libidinal profiles of gay wish have interaction with the myth eventualities of Hollywood movie to provide quite a number variable queer meanings.
This interesting and provocative learn makes an important new contribution to discussions of cinema, spectatorship, and sexuality. As such, it is going to be welcomed by means of these within the fields of movie conception, queer conception, and cultural studies.

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