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Queer Imaginings

On Writing and Cinematic Friendship

David A. Gerstner

Filmmakers, Film Theory and Criticism

Queer Screens

Printed Paper Cased
Available March 2023
ISBN: 9780814350201
Pages: 416 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 27 black-and-white images
Available March 2023
ISBN: 9780814350218
Pages: 416 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 27 black-and-white images
Available March 2023
ISBN: 9780814350225

How do we identify the "queer auteur" and their queer imaginings? Is it possible to account for such a figure when the very terms "queer" and "auteur" invoke aesthetic surprises and disorientations, disconcerting ironies and paradoxes, and biographical deceits and ambiguities? In eighteen eloquent chapters, David A. Gerstner traces a history of ideas that spotlight an ever-shifting terrain associated with auteur theory and, in particular, queer-auteur theory. Engaging with the likes of Oscar Wilde, Walter Benjamin, James Baldwin, Jean Louis Baudry, Linda Nochlin, Jane Gallop, Cáel Keegan, Luce Irigaray, and other prominent critical thinkers, Gerstner contemplates how the queer auteur in film theory might open us to the work of desire.

Queer Imaginings argues for a queer-auteur in which critical theory is reenabled to reconceptualize the auteur in relation to race, gender, sexuality, and desire. Gerstner succinctly defines the contours of a history and the ongoing discussions that situate queer and auteur theories in film studies. Ultimately, Queer Imaginings is a journey in shared pleasures in which writing for and about cinema makes way for unanticipated cinematic friendships.

David A. Gerstner is professor of cinema studies at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island and Graduate Center. He has previously published over thirty articles in the subject of queer film studies and eight books including Christophe Honoré: A Critical Introduction (Wayne State University Press, 2015).