Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness

  • Authors
  • Jack Curtis Dubowsky

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Audio-Visual Culture book series (PSAVC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Jack Curtis Dubowsky
      Pages 1-16
  3. Mad About the Boy: Male Homosexuality and Music in Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jack Curtis Dubowsky
      Pages 19-49
    3. Jack Curtis Dubowsky
      Pages 80-101
  4. Fighting the Patriarchy: Dykes, Misogyny, and Gender Fear

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Jack Curtis Dubowsky
      Pages 105-130
    3. Jack Curtis Dubowsky
      Pages 131-169
  5. Queering of Genre

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Jack Curtis Dubowsky
      Pages 224-226
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-266

About this book


Intersecting Film, Music, and Queerness uses musicology and queer theory to uncover meaning and message in canonical American cinema. This study considers how queer readings are reinforced or nuanced through analysis of musical score. Taking a broad approach to queerness that questions heteronormative and homonormative patriarchal structures, binary relationships, gender assumptions and anxieties, this book challenges existing interpretations of what is progressive and what is retrogressive in cinema. Examined films include Bride of Frankenstein, Louisiana Story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Blazing Saddles, Edward Scissorhands, Brokeback Mountain, Boys Don't Cry, Transamerica, Thelma & Louise, Go Fish and The Living End, with special attention given to films that subvert or complicate genre. Music is analyzed with concern for composition, intertextual references, absolute musical structures, song lyrics, recording, arrangement, and performance issues. This multidisciplinary work, featuring groundbreaking research, analysis, and theory, offers new close readings and a model for future scholarship.


Musicology Queer theory Queer studies Queerness Film music Film score Music composition American cinema Hollywood New Queer Cinema Film Studies Media Studies cinema film gender misogyny Wendy Carlos Walter Carlos Wally Stott Angela Morley

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