Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century

Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century by JoAnne C. Juett, David Jones

ISBN10: 1443823791
ISBN13: 978-1443823791
Author: JoAnne C. Juett, David Jones
Title: Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; New edition edition (October 1, 2010)
Language: English
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Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century by JoAnne C. Juett, David Jones



Coming Out to the Mainstream is a collection of essays written from a range of perspectives, from scholars to film producers, who seek to contextualize and reframe New Queer Cinema from a 21st century perspective decades after Stonewall, the emergence of the HIV-AIDS crisis, and the initial years of the gay marriage movement. These essays situate themselves in the 21st century as an attempt to assess what appears to be a mainstreaming of New Queer Cinema, a current wave of New Queer Cinema film that holds potential for influencing film viewers beyond the original limits of an independent film audience, critics, and the academy. Specifically, these essays examine whether and how the filmmaking styles and themes of New Queer Cinema have been mainstreamed rendered familiar as points of interest in popular culture of the 21st century, challenging a queer-phobic cultural climate, and providing an incisive set of visual representations that can help inform continuing debates over queerness in public culture. For instance, what do we make of the burgeoning number of queer stories that are circulating not just in arthouses but in mainstream media? How much of a transformation in our collective sensibilities does this trend represent, and will it carry us toward a cultural landscape where identity is commonly understood and valued as multiple, fluid, and performative? While the editors of this collection find there is significant evidence that New Queer Cinema has achieved success in forging greater mainstream acceptance of queer perspectives in cinema and everyday culture, the essays we present offer a variety of voices, a timely set of observations on queer images in film, television, and popular culture.

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