CFP: [Ethnic] Same Sex Desire in American Cinema's Golden Age

full name / name of organization: 
Julie M. Gale
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Hidden Hollywood: Same Sex Desire in American Cinema's Golden Age

Julie M. Gale--Texas Nonprofit Theatres, Inc. (Editor).

This is a call for papers for a collection of essays, to be published by
The Edwin Mellen Press ( To view the publishing
contract, please contact the editor, Julie M. Gale (

I am seeking scholarly proposals that explore the issues of same sex desire
in American Cinema's Golden Age(roughly 1920-1950). The book will feature,
but not be limited to, Hollywood film actors, actresses, directors,
designers, executives, and screenplays that possessed and/or explored same
sex desire.

In a period of American history plagued by the continued disillusionment of
World War I, the Great Depression and World War II, Hollywood stars became
the pedigree of society as the nation, the United States, seemed to slip
through the cracks of civilization. The great irony of this aforementioned
notion is that a good number of Hollywood’s practitioners were closeted
gays, lesbians, and/or bisexuals. Major studios such as Metro Goldwyn
Mayer, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Universal made a concerted effort to
conceal the non-heteronormative sexualities of their stars and employees
because heteronormativity was (and today still is) the most marketable
sexuality to sell to a dominantly “straight” theater-going audience. One
cannot ignore however, that the image of the “ideal” American was created
in part by the “other” (the gay and lesbian community) and to perform
Golden Age Hollywood is to perform it and its heteronormative morals queerly.

Proposals will hopefully not confine themselves to merely "outing" these
aforementioned individuals and items, but rather explore same sex desire in
a larger social and cultural context. The proposals should also seek to
address the larger issues of the fascination with celebrity, the role of
the famous in society, and the reception of gender and sexuality by
American audiences.

Proposals are welcome from scholars, professors, and graduate and research
students with an expertise and interest in this area.

The book will utilize the Chicago/Turabian style.

For consideration for this collection of essays, submit the following to
the editor, Julie M. Gale (

1. Paper title and abstract proposal (250-300 words max.)

2. Brief one-page CV including all contact information (Name, Affiliation,
Address, and Email).

Proposals are due via email by: MAY 30, 2008.

Acceptances made: JULY 1, 2008.

Any inquiries can be addressed directly to the editor, Julie M. Gale


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