The Queer German Cinema -

The Queer German Cinema

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Since the Weimar era, German cinema has played a leading role in the innovation of gay and lesbian cinema, with the tantalizing sexual illegibility and gender instability of German films of the 1920s anticipating the queer sensibilities of the 1990s. From such cross-dressing Weimar comedies as Viktor und Victoria to the transgender fantasies of Ulrike Ottinger, Monika Treut, and Hans Scheirl, this filmic tradition explores the unconventional erotic, its directors inventing a visual language that goes beyond the trivialization and sensationalism of mainstream representations of gays and lesbians. This cinema crosses the boundaries between such classifications as male and female, gay and bisexual, normal and pathological, insisting that such transgressions cannot be entirely tamed, regulated, or closeted. Previous scholarship, reading this national cinema as sociopolitical commentary, has tended to ignore what falls outside a realist, hetero-normative paradigm. In this book, the author aims to rectify this neglect by rewriting German cinematic history queerly.

Product code: 9780804737487

ISBN 9780804737487
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152
No. Of Pages 328
Publisher Stanford University Press
German cinema has played a leading role in the innovation of gay and lesbian cinema. This tradition explores the unconventionally erotic, its directors inventing a language that goes beyond the sensationalism of mainstream representations of gays and lesbians. Kusniar reassesses the history and legacy of this strand of film making.