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Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon

Flaming Classics: Queering the Film Canon
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Author: Alexander Doty
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 194
Pub. Date: 2000
ISBN-10: 041592345X
ISBN-13: 9780415923453

About the Book:

"Surrender Dorthy'' read the Wicked Witch's jet exhaust, leaving the startled Munchkins to wonder what the message meant. So you think you know all about film classics? Guess again.

Flaming Classics turns the heat up on the movies we love best. In his wicked readings of film favourites, Alexander Doty takes us to the queer side of criticism, offering fresh and controversial views of the stars, the plots, and the directors of our best loved and most iconic films. Arguing against the assumptions that only explicitly gay films are subject to gay readings, he looks at six classics and reads them for their queer potential. With both affection and scholarly rigour, he teases out the lesbian fantasy inherent in The Wizard of Oz, the gay nightmare narrative of The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari, the bisexual erotics of Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, the queerness of Norman Bates, and even makes the argument about Citizen Kane's dying word, Rosebud (Who knew?).

A seasoned critic with a personal voice, Alexander Doty is a scholar-fan who writes with both readerships in mind. This lively, opinionated, and playful look at the movies is a must-read for film buffs, and for anyone interested in gender, sexuality, and popular culture.

One thing's for sure. After reading Flaming Classics you'll know you're definitely not in Kansas anymore.

What people say:

"...peeks into new spaces with a sharp, funny eye to the tornado that continues to rage between marginalized queer cultures and mainstream cinema. What makes Flaming Classics so refreshing is not so much its innovative angle as its conversational edge. Instead of the autoerotic jargon that all too often excites film critics while leaving their audiences unsatisfied, Doty's intelligent, accessible analyses convert his discourse into a pleasurable intercourse between writers and readers of both academic and pop-culture texts." — Rain Taxi

"Flaming Classics by Alexander Doty turns up the temperature on gay currents in cinema from Caligari to Psycho." — Flaunt

"This year's many books that probe the sexual nature of film, film stars and filmmakers could stock a mini-library. Part of the entertaining group is Flaming Classics by Alexander Doty, who argues that 'The Wizard of Oz' is a lesbian fantasy – a notion that many 'friends of Dorothy' might passionately debate." — Publishers Weekly

"...Doty often takes a fresh approach to overexamined works." — Library Journal

About the Author:

Alexander Doty teaches film and mass culture in the English department at Lehigh University He is the author of articles on film, mass culture, and queer studies, and is currently coediting an anthology on lesbian, gay, and queer mass culture theory and criticism.