Immortal, Invisible: Lesbians and the Moving Image by Tamsin Wilton

By Tamsin Wilton

Immortal, Invisible: Lesbians and the relocating Image is the 1st assortment to compile major film-makers, lecturers and activists to debate movies through, for and approximately lesbians and queer girls. The individuals debate the perform of lesbian and queer film-making, from the queer cinema of Monika Treut to the paintings of lesbian film-makers </EM>Andrea Weiss and Greta Schiller. They discover the pleasures and difficulties of lesbian spectatorship, either in mainstream Hollywood movies together with <EM>Aliens and Red Sonja, and in self sustaining cinema from She has to be Seeing Things to Salmonberries and Desert Hearts. The authors take on tough questions: can a movie reminiscent of Strictly Ballroom be either pleasurably camp and heterosexist? Is it okay to drool over dyke icons like Sigourney Weaver and kd lang? What makes a movie lesbian, or queer, or maybe post-queer? What approximately exhibiting intercourse on reveal? And why do lesbian monitor romances rarely have satisfied endings? Immortal, Invisible is wonderfully illustrated with a variety of pictures from movie and tv texts.

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Garcia’s cultural capital—the most beautiful and sexually faithful woman in the film— reveals the absence of sexuality at the heart of heteromasculinity. He is impotent, not because women’s pathology destroys his sex, but because heteromasculine mutual obsession displaces sexuality. Gere’s mistress, the powerful banker who has negotiated the legal but immoral mortgages, and his current (Latina) wife finally give up Gere, not out of moral duty but because he has jeopardized their economic capital by branching out into murder-for-hire.

37. Traub, V. (1991) ‘The ambiguities of “lesbian” viewing pleasure: the (dis)articulations of Black Widow’, in J. Epstein and K. Straub (eds), Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, London: Routledge. Weiss, A. (1992) Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in the Cinema, London: Jonathan Cape. Wilton, T. (1993) ‘Queer subjects: lesbians, heterosexual women and the academy’, in M. Kennedy, C. Lubelska and V. Walsh (eds), Making Connections: Women’s Studies, Women’s Movements, Women’s Lives, London: Taylor & Francis.

Traub, V. (1991) ‘The ambiguities of “lesbian” viewing pleasure: the (dis)articulations of Black Widow’, in J. Epstein and K. Straub (eds), Body Guards: The Cultural Politics of Gender Ambiguity, London: Routledge. Weiss, A. (1992) Vampires and Violets: Lesbians in the Cinema, London: Jonathan Cape. Wilton, T. (1993) ‘Queer subjects: lesbians, heterosexual women and the academy’, in M. Kennedy, C. Lubelska and V. Walsh (eds), Making Connections: Women’s Studies, Women’s Movements, Women’s Lives, London: Taylor & Francis.

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