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Palgrave Macmillan

Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture

ISBN 9781137266330
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Queer Nostalgia in Cinema and Pop Culture explores popular representations of queer nostalgia in films, animation and music videos as means of empowerment, re-evaluating and recreating lost gay youth, coming to terms with one's sexual otherness and homoerotic desires, celebrating queer counterculture, and creatively challenging homophobia, chauvinism, ageism and racism. In particular, Queer Nostalgia engages in a critical discussion of nostalgia-in-motion, the significance of 'femininostlagia' (gay men's effeminate nostalgia), the intricate relationship between queer nostalgia, martyrdom and emergent queer mythology, the contribution of nostalgia to 'autoqueerography' (queer autobiography inspired by women's dissident autobiography or 'autogynography'), and the interrelationship between ethnic and queer nostalgias.

Gilad Padva is a film and media scholar who focuses on New Queer Cinema, popular culture, visual communications and men's studies. He is the co-editor of the international collection Sensational Pleasures in Cinema, Literature and Visual Culture: The Phallic Eye (2014), and he publishes extensively in international academic journals, international collections, and international encyclopedias. He currently works for the Communication Department at Tel Aviv University, the Open University of Israel, Beit Berl Academic College, and WIZO Haifa Academic College.

Introduction: What is Queer about Nostalgia?
1. Animated Nostalgia: Invented Authenticity in Arte's Summer of the Sixties
2. Nostalgic Physique: Displaying Foucauldian Muscles and Celebrating the Male Body in Beefcake
3. Sexing the Past: Communal Exposure and Self Examination in Gay Sex in the 70s
4. Claiming Lost Gay Youth: Todd Haynes's Dottie Gets Spanked and Velvet Goldmine
5. Boys Want to Have Fun! Carnivalesque Adolescence and Nostalgic Resorts in Another Gay Movie and Another Gay Sequel
6. Reinventing Lesbian Youth in Su Friedrich's Cinematic Autoqueeroraphy Hide and Seek
7. Uses of Nostalgia in Musical Politicization of Homo/Phobic Myths in Were the World Mine, The Big Gay Musical and Zero Patience
8. Saint Gaga: Lady Gaga's Nostalgic Yearning for Queer Mythology, Monsters and Martyrs
9. Black Nostalgia: Poetry, Ethnicity and Homoeroticism in Looking for Langston and Brother to Brother
Afterword: Queering Nostalgia or Queer Nostalgia?


"This is an original, timely, and important intervention in the field of Queer Studies, providing a very convincing argument for the essentially queer nature of nostalgia, nostalgic practices, and nostalgia-inspired cultural production. It is a welcome addition to the body of literature on and around these issues." - Elisabetta Girelli, University of St Andrews, UK
"Padva's work is exciting, interesting and original and will remain an important book in the field" - Rohit K. Dasgupta, The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
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