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In Queer Timing, Susan Potter offers a counter-history that reorients accepted views of lesbian representation and spectatorship in early cinema. Potter sees the emergence of lesbian figures as only the most visible but belated outcome of multiple sexuality effects. Early cinema reconfigured older erotic modalities, articulated new--though incoherent--sexual categories, and generated novel forms of queer feeling and affiliation. Potter draws on queer theory, silent film historiography, feminist film analysis, and archival research to provide an original and innovative analysis. Taking a conceptually oriented approach, she articulates the processes of filmic representation and spectatorship that reshaped, marginalized, or suppressed women's same-sex desires and identities. As she pursues a sense of "timing," Potter stages scenes of the erotic and intellectual encounters shared by historical spectators, on-screen figures, and present day scholars. The result is a daring revision of feminist and queer perspectives that foregrounds the centrality of women's same-sex desire to cinematic discourses of both homo- and heterosexuality.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part I. Queer Historiography: Suspending Sexual Knowledges
  1. 1. Troubling Sexual History: The Anachronistic Lesbian of Pandora’s Box
  2. pp. 23-39
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  1. 2. Traces, Specks, and Glimmers: Regulating Same-sex Attractions
  2. pp. 40-60
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  1. Part II. Bodies: Style, Genre, and Sexual Legibility
  1. 3. Queer Character: A Florida Enchantment’s Ambivalent Sexual Motivations
  2. pp. 63-79
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  1. 4. Mobilizing Genre: The Wild Party’s Sexual Kinesthetics
  2. pp. 80-98
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  1. Part III. Bonds: Spectatorship and Queer Subjectivities
  1. 5. Looking Backward: Loïe Fuller and the Virtual Erotics of Spectatorship
  2. pp. 101-121
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  1. 6. Valentino’s Lesbianism: Stardom, Spectatorship, and Queer Recognition
  2. pp. 122-148
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  1. Coda: Out of Time
  2. pp. 149-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-214
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-222
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252051302
Related ISBN
9780252042461
MARC Record
OCLC
1107989633
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2019-07-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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