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  • Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Essays on Popular Culture
  • Book
  • Corey K. Creekmur and Alexander Doty, eds.
  • 1995
  • Published by: Duke University Press
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Out in Culture charts some of the ways in which lesbians, gays, and queers have understood and negotiated the pleasures and affirmations, as well as the disappointments, of mass culture. The essays collected here, combining critical and theoretical works from a cross-section of academics, journalists, and artists, demonstrate a rich variety of gay and lesbian approaches to film, television, popular music, and fashion. This wide-ranging anthology is the first to juxtapose pioneering work in gay and lesbian media criticism with recent essays in contemporary queer cultural studies.
Uniquely accessible, Out in Culture presents such popular writers as B. Ruby Rich, Essex Hemphill, and Michael Musto as well as influential critics such as Richard Dyer, Chris Straayer, and Julia Lesage, on topics ranging from the queer careers of Agnes Moorehead and Pee Wee Herman to the cultural politics of gay drag, lesbian style, the visualization of AIDS, and the black snap! queen experience. Of particular interest are two "dossiers," the first linking essays on the queer content of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, and the second on the production and reception of popular music within gay and lesbian communities. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography—the most comprehensive currently available—of sources in gay, lesbian, and queer media criticism.
Out in Culture explores the distinctive and original ways in which gays, lesbians, and queers have experienced, appropriated, and resisted the images and artifacts of popular culture. This eclectic anthology will be of interest to a broad audience of general readers and scholars interested in gay and lesbian issues; students of film, media, gender, and cultural studies; and those interested in the emerging field of queer theory.

Contributors. Sabrina Barton, Edith Becker, Rhona J. Berenstein, Nayland Blake, Michelle Citron, Danae Clark, Corey K. Creekmur, Alexander Doty, Richard Dyer, Heather Findlay, Jan Zita Grover, Essex Hemphill, John Hepworth, Jeffrey Hilbert, Lucretia Knapp, Bruce La Bruce, Al LaValley, Julia Lesage, Michael Moon, Michael Musto, B. Ruby Rich, Marlon Riggs, Arlene Stein, Chris Straayer, Anthony Thomas, Mark Thompson, Valerie Traub, Thomas Waugh, Patricia White, Robin Wood

Table of Contents

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page
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  1. Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. Responsibilities of a Gay Film Critic
  2. pp. 12-24
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  1. Lesbians and Film
  2. pp. 25-43
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  1. The Hypothetical Lesbian Heroine in Narrative Feature Film
  2. pp. 44-59
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  1. The Great Escape
  2. pp. 60-70
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  1. There's Something Queer Here
  2. pp. 71-90
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  1. Supporting Character: The Queer Career of Agnes Moorehead
  2. pp. 91-114
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  1. The Ambiguities of "Lesbian" Viewing Pleasure: The (Dis)articulations of Black Widow
  2. pp. 115-136
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  1. From Repressive Tolerance to Erotic Liberation: Madchen in Uniform
  2. pp. 137-166
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  1. Acting Like a Man: Masculine Performance in My Darling Clementine
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Dossier on Hitchcock
  2. pp. 183-185
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  1. Hitchcock's Homophobia
  2. pp. 186-196
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  1. The Murderous Gays: Hitchcock's Homophobia
  2. pp. 197-215
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  1. "Crisscross": Paranoia and Projection in Strangers on a Train
  2. pp. 216-238
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  1. "I'm not the sort of person men marry": Monsters, Queers, and Hitchcock's Rebecca
  2. pp. 239-261
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  1. The Queer Voice in Marnie
  2. pp. 262-281
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  1. Flaming Closets
  2. pp. 282-306
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  1. Men's Pornography: Gay vs. Straight
  2. pp. 307-327
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  1. Freud's "Fetishism" and the Lesbian Dildo Debates
  2. pp. 328-342
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  1. Tom of Finland: An Appreciation
  2. pp. 343-353
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  1. Visibile Lesions: Images of the PWA
  2. pp. 354-381
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  1. Pee Wee Herman: The Homosexual Subtext
  2. pp. 382-388
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  1. In Living Color: Toms, Coons, Mammies, Faggots, and Bucks
  2. pp. 389-402
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  1. Dossier on Popular Music
  2. pp. 403-406
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  1. In Defense of Disco
  2. pp. 407-415
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  1. Crossover Dreams: Lesbianism and Popular Music since the 1970s
  2. pp. 416-426
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  1. Immaculate Connection
  2. pp. 427-436
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  1. The House the Kids Built: The Gay Black Imprint on American Dance Music
  2. pp. 437-446
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  1. Children of Paradise: A Brief History of Queens
  2. pp. 447-462
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  1. The Politics of Drag
  2. pp. 463-469
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  1. Black Macho Revisited: Reflections of a Snap! Queen
  2. pp. 470-475
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  1. All Dressed Up But No Place to Go? Style Wars and the New Lesbianism
  2. pp. 476-483
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  1. Commodity Lesbianism
  2. pp. 484-500
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  1. Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Popular Culture Bibliography
  2. pp. 501-524
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  1. Acknowledgments of Copyright
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 528-530
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  1. Index
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  1. Publication Data
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