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Often disguised in public discourse by terms like "gay," "homoerotic," "homosocial," or "queer," bisexuality is strangely absent from queer studies and virtually untreated in film and media criticism. Maria San Filippo aims to explore the central role bisexuality plays in contemporary screen culture, establishing its importance in representation, marketing, and spectatorship. By examining a variety of media genres including art cinema, sexploitation cinema and vampire films, "bromances," and series television, San Filippo discovers "missed moments" where bisexual readings of these texts reveal a more malleable notion of subjectivity and eroticism. San Filippo's work moves beyond the subject of heteronormativity and responds to "compulsory monosexuality," where it's not necessarily a couple's gender that is at issue, but rather that an individual chooses one or the other. The B Word transcends dominant relational formation (gay, straight, or otherwise) and brings a discursive voice to the field of queer and film studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-2
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  1. Prologue: Chasing Amy and Bisexual (In)visibility
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Introduction: Binary Trouble and Compulsory Monosexuality
  2. pp. 15-46
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  1. 1. Unthinking Monosexuality: Bisexual Representability in Art Cinema
  2. pp. 47-94
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  1. 2. Power Play/s: Bisexuality as Privilege and Pathology in Sexploitation Cinema
  2. pp. 95-152
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  1. 3. Of Cowboys and Cocksmen: Bisexuality and the Contemporary Hollywood Bromance
  2. pp. 153-202
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  1. 4. Bisexuality on the Boob Tube
  2. pp. 203-238
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  1. Conclusion Queer/ing Bisexuality
  2. pp. 239-244
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 259-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-281
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 294-294
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253008923
Related ISBN
9780253008794
MARC Record
OCLC
840267124
Pages
294
Launched on MUSE
2013-06-27
Language
English
Open Access
No
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