English 150

Senior Seminar: Homocinema

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
15 Fall 2005 Miller, D. A.
TTh 2-3:30 300 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Bersani, L.: Homos; Edelman., L.: No Future; Hocquenghem, G.: Homosexual Desire; Sartre, J.P.: Saint Genet; a course reader


"Under the assumption that male homosexual fantasy is not the peculiar coinage of a homosexual brain, but the common, even central daydream of the normal world, the course identifies three modes of broaching it in narrative cinema. In Hollywood classicism, this mode involves what Lee Edelman has called ""the invisible spectacle,"" the formation of a homosexual closet intended for general heterosexual use. In a later development, when this cinema treats homosexuality explicitly, the work of closeting becomes a minoritizing of ""the homosexual"" as an individual problem. A third kind of relation, on which this course will concentrate, is undertaken outside the Hollywood system, and in particular in the international ""art film."" It involves uncloseting not the homosexual, but homosexual fantasy itself in its radical potential to disrupt social and symbolic order. This (dark? utopian? at any rate intractable) vision is not necessarily compatible or even tolerable to liberal or gay politics, as we presently know them. Viewings will include: Almad�var, The Law of Desire, Bad Education; Fassbinder, In a Year of Thirteen Moons; Deardon, Victim; Fellini, La Dolce Vita; Genet, Chant d'amour; Hitchcock, Murder!, Rope, Strangers on a Train; Oshima, Taboo; Pasolini, Teorema; Visconti, Rocco and His Brothers."

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