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Queer horror film and television : sexuality and masculinity at the margins

Author: Darren Elliott-Smith
Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2016. ©2016
Series: Library of gender and popular culture, 11.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In recent years, the representation of alternative sexuality in the horror film and television has 'outed' itself from the shadows from which it once lurked via the embrace of an outrageously queer horror aesthetic where homosexuality is often unequivocally referenced. In this book, Darren Elliott-Smith departs from the analysis of the monster as a symbol of heterosexual anxiety and fear, and moves to focus instead  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Darren Elliott-Smith
ISBN: 9781784536862 1784536865
OCLC Number: 961212190
Description: xi, 252 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Queering Carrie: Appropriations of a Horror Icon --
Indelible: Carrie and the Boyz --
The Rise of Queer Fear: DeCoteau and Gaysploitation Horror --
Shattering the Closet: Queer Horror Outs Itself --
Gay Slasher Horror: Devil Daddies and Final Boys --
Pride and Shame: Queer Horror Appropriation.
Series Title: Library of gender and popular culture, 11.
Responsibility: Darren Elliott-Smith.

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In recent years, the representation of alternative sexuality in the horror film and television has 'outed' itself from the shadows from which it once lurked via the embrace of an outrageously queer horror aesthetic where homosexuality is often unequivocally referenced. In this book, Darren Elliott-Smith departs from the analysis of the monster as a symbol of heterosexual anxiety and fear, and moves to focus instead on queer fears and anxieties within gay male subcultures. Furthermore, he examines the works of significant queer horror film and television producers and directors to reveal gay men's anxieties about: acceptance and assimilation into Western culture, the perpetuation of self-loathing and gay shame, and further anxieties surrounding associations shameful femininity. This book focuses mainly on representations of masculinity and gay male spectatorship in queer horror film and television post-2000. In titling this sub-genre 'queer horror', Elliott-Smith designates horror that is crafted by male directors/producers who self-identify as gay, bi, queer or transgendered and whose work features homoerotic, or explicitly homosexual, narratives with 'out' gay characters.

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