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Queer Bergman

Sexuality, Gender, and the European Art Cinema

By Daniel Humphrey

Publication Year: 2013

Foregrounding a fundamental aspect of the Swedish auteur’s work that has been routinely ignored, as well as the vibrant connection between postwar American queer culture and European art cinema, this book offers a pioneering reading of Bergman’s films as profoundly queer work.

Published by: University of Texas Press


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pp. c-c

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-viii

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pp. ix-xiv

This long-gestating project has benefited from the wisdom of many people over the last several years. First and fore-most, I have to acknowledge the heroic wisdom and indefatigable sup-port of Douglas Crimp. As a graduate student considering working on what some acquaintances clearly thought to be a faintly absurd idea (looking at Ingmar Bergman queerly), I occasionally became as...

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Introduction. Ingmar Bergman and the Foreign Self

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pp. 1-20

Originally published in a fairly mainstream magazine, Film Comment, the late Robin Wood’s “Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic” justly became a cornerstone text of early GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered) cinema studies.1 It continues to merit attention and respect within the field, despite several paradigm ...

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1. “Foreign and Refreshing”: The Art Cinema’s Queer Allure

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pp. 21-58

In a 2005 episode of the animated television series The Simpsons, Lisa Simpson wins a set of tickets to a new foreign film by being the first (and only) caller to the local National Public Radio station. Arriving at a foreboding downtown venue called the Limited Appeal Theater, the Simpsons fi nd their city’s art cinema decidedly...

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2. The Cultural Construction of a Cold War Auteur: Discourse and Counterdiscourse

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pp. 59-104

The day after Ingmar Bergman’s death at eightynine, on July 30, 2007, an article titled “Five Ways to Think about Bergman as a Genius” appeared on a popular Internet film site. Written by the American screenwriter Larry Gross, whose harrowing We Don’t Live Here Anymore (2004) suggests the infl uence of Bergman’s 1970s...

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3. The Uncanny Undefined

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pp. 105-132

In 1965 in “Tangents,” a long-running tongue-incheek column in One magazine, there was a short notice exemplifying the connection between Sweden and a reactionary form of gender anxiety. It was printed under a subheading, “Swedish Males Becoming Feminized”: ...

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4. Staring Down Gender: “Caught Between the Shame of Looking and the Shame of Being Ashamed to Do So”

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pp. 133-166

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, just as the art-film phenomenon was losing its preeminence as a global cultural force, psychoanalytic spectatorship theory began its ascent in Anglophone film studies. There is no need to offer another comprehensive review of the infl uential theory’s evolution here. Suffice it to say, its ...

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pp. 167-176

In the years following the release Shame, the most recent film addressed in this study, American culture, particularly culture as it regarded and was regarded within the queer American experience, began to change with increasing rapidity. Indeed, at the time of Shame’s U.S. debut, queer moviegoers had a number of other film ...


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pp. 177-202


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pp. 203-212


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pp. 213-220

E-ISBN-13: 9780292743779
E-ISBN-10: 0292743777
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292743762
Print-ISBN-10: 0292743769

Page Count: 234
Illustrations: 31 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 859687331
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  • Bergman, Ingmar, -- 1918-2007 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Homosexuality and motion pictures.
  • Homosexuality in motion pictures.
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