Queer Cinema (Publication date: Fall 2016) [UPDATE]

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Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies

Ever since the momentous success of Ang Lee's western-drama Brokeback Mountain, queer film has increasingly reached the mainstream. Brokeback Mountain was followed by a considerable amount of Hollywood productions that focused on representations of queer issues and characters such as Milk, A Single Man, The Imitation Game and, as the youngest addition to the list, Stonewall. The latter is directed by Roland Emmerich, a filmmaker who is usually known for blockbusters like Independence Day. The fact that both star directors and casts have entered the production of critically and commercially successful queer film-making is indicative of its mainstream potential and a growing target audience. Accordingly, mainstreaming has been noted as one of two major developments by scholar Barbara Mennel, who finds that the rise in queer film signals "larger cultural processes of acceptance and normalization of gays and lesbians" (104). It is open for discussion in what sense this development supports or violates goals targeted by the LGBTQ community or the original Gay Rights Movement.

The second, for a mainstream audience less noticeable but in a cultural frame no less important development is the international proliferation of queer cinema. It stands in tradition with the radical New Queer Cinema of the 90s that allowed for a broader, much more diverse perspective on queer experience. In its extension, the intense global proliferation of queer cinema communicates homosexuality as a matter of course, while negotiating "national cultural traditions and transnational queer film conventions" (112).

In our forthcoming issue on queer cinema we would like to focus on developments like these. How did representations of queer life in cinema and TV change over the decades? How do processes like mainstreaming and international proliferation affect queer cinema as a genre and queers as a community? And how can we assess the contemporary situation of queer film in the context of dominant developments in our society concerning homosexuality and alternative life models? Possible topics for papers may include:

* Mainstreaming queer cinema and other developments
* Presentation of queer experience in film and TV
* Political dimension of queer cinema
* Queer characters in mainstream cinema
* Approach of the media to queer film and characters
* Genres of queer cinema
* Character clichés and their deconstruction
* Queer cinema and queer theory
* ...

Abstracts of 400 words and a brief biography should be submitted by May 1st, 2016. The deadline for the completed papers is July 1st, 2016.

Frederic Rukes (Guest Editor)

(Publication date: Fall 2016)

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Laura-Marie von Czarnowsky, MA
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