Boys Want to Have Fun! Carnivalesque Adolescence and Nostalgic Resorts in Another Gay Movie and Another Gay Sequel



As we have seen in the analysis of Todd Haynes’s Dottie Gets Spanked and Velvet Goldmine in the previous chapter, youth films often feature such themes as conflicts with the older generation, agonizing adolescence, the contrast between socialization and selfhood, erotic pubescence, perplexing infatuations, and the formation of gender and sexual identity. The cinematic representation of queer adolescence, in particular, emphasizes and sometimes also sensationalizes these themes, as the unruly central character challenges not only the social order but also the sexual order and its powerful agents: parents, counselors, teachers, students, coaches, neighbors, and popular role models in mass communications. These issues are interconnected with intricate power relationships among the teenagers themselves, between pubescent boys and parents, and between teachers and students (Foucault).


Drag Queen Sexual Imagery Social Semiotics American Folklore Romantic Comedy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesTel Aviv UniversityIsrael

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