The B Word
Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television
Publication Year: 2013
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.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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D.au.aring.a th.ae l.ao.ang.a g.aestatio.an o.af.a th.ais p.aro.aj.aec.at, I h.aave benefit_ted from the insights and support of many advisers, colleagues, friends, and family. I especially wish to thank my UCLA dissertation commit_tee, Denise Mann, Kathleen McHugh, Jim Schultz, and espe-cially my chair, Janet Bergstrom, as well as the other mentors who have ...
Prologue Chasing Amy and Bisexual (In)visibility
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...that it deals with bisexuality in film and television. The most frequent response, offered up by people from diverse areas of my life, is, “You mean like Chasing Amy?” This American independent film about a self-proclaimed lesbian who is forced to question her sexual identity after meeting and falling for a man clearly occupies a prominent place in ...
Introduction Binary Trouble and Compulsory Monosexuality
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...closer to “speaking” bisexuality than Stanley Kubrick’s 1960 film Sparta-cus? In a now-legendary scene, cut from the original release, Crassus (Laurence Olivier) suggestively tells Antoninus (Tony Curtis) that his “taste includes both snails and oysters.” Or, in the considerable critical literature on David Lynch’s 2001 film Mulholland Drive that I discuss ...
1 Unthinking Monosexuality: Bisexual Representability in Art Cinema
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...may go too far in consigning popular commercial cinema and art cin-ema to opposing sides of the Atlantic, it offers a useful starting point for thinking about the expectations that filmmakers and audiences bring to different forms of filmmaking. For the majority of popular films clas-sifiable as “mainstream” or “Hollywood” productions (both terms re-...
2 Power Play/s: Bisexuality as Privilege and Pathology in Sexploitation Cinema
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...and excess than art cinema, sexploitation films use the titillation of fe-male bisexual desire as a primary narrative conceit. As a mode of film-making, sexploitation traverses historical eras, national cinemas, genres, aesthetic movements, and even industrial sectors. Historically, exploi-tation cinema refers to low-budget, independently produced features ...
3 Of Cowboys and Cocksmen: Bisexuality and the Contemporary Hollywood Bromance
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...with transforming the U.S. film industry . . . a queering of Hollywood genre . . . a romance between two all-American dudes . . . I refer not only to Brokeback Mountain, but also to 2005’s other blockbuster male love story: Wedding Crashers, which in grossing $285 million worldwide substantially rejuvenated the R-rated comedy and popularized what has ...
4 Bisexuality on the Boob Tube
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...suggest, the vast majority of representations of bisexuality in television involve femme women, with the bi-suggestive character or narrative in evitably reconsigned to monosexual logic – if not immediately (as with Dana’s retort above) then soon thereafter. As a number of lucid if lesbian-centric readings have pointed out, televisual representations of ...
Conclusion Queer/ing Bisexuality
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...extraordinaire Google, at the lobbying of bisexual advocacy group Bi-Net, consented to allow “bisexual” to be algorithmically prioritized as a search term and thereby no longer ghet_toized as a presumed route to accessing pornography. That a global information provider of this magni-tude persisted in ef_facing bisexual organizations and resources until now ...
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About the Author
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Ma.ar.ai.aa.a Sa.an.a F.ai.al.ai.ap.ap.ao.a has taught film and television studies and gender and sexuality studies at Harvard University, MIT, UCLA, and Wellesley College, where she was the 2008–2010 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies. Her work has appeared in the journals Cine-Action, Cineaste, English Language Notes, Film History, In Media Res, the ...
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Publication Year: 2013