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Queer Timing: The Emergence of Lesbian Sexuality in Early Cinema

Susan Potter


This book is a counter-history of the emergence of lesbian sexuality in early cinema. Drawing on the critical insights of queer theory and the history of sexuality, it challenges approaches to lesbian representation, initially by reframing the emergence of lesbian figures in cinema in the late 1920s and early 1930s as only the most visible and belated signs of an array of strategies of sexuality. The emergence of lesbian representation and spectatorship in early cinema is not a linear progression and consolidation but rather arises across multiple sites in dispersed forms that are modern and b ... More

Keywords: Early cinema, Feminist film theory, Female spectatorship, Heterosexuality, Homoeroticism, History of sexuality, Lesbian representation, Queer theory, Sexuality

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042461
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Potter, author
The University of Sydney

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Part I Queer Historiography: Suspending Sexual Knowledges

Part II Bodies: Style, Genre, and Sexual Legibility

Part III Bonds: Spectatorship and Queer Subjectivities

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