Thursday, 16 April 2009

Queer Film and Theory Links In Memory of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Image from Boys Don't Cry (Kimberly Peirce, 1999)

Film Studies For Free was very sad to hear of the death at 58 of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, one of the founders of the discourse of 'queer theory', and an inspirational teacher and critic.

Like many other film researchers, some of
FSFF's author's own writing on queer films was deeply influenced by Sedgwick's brilliant exploration of the epistemology of the closet.

In memory of Sedgwick,
FSFF has assembled a webliography, below, of links to pieces of high quality, freely accessible, scholarly writing (or recordings/videos) on the web on the topic of queer/glbt films and/or queer film theory, a number of which, unsurprisingly, employ her critical insights.
Further links added since original post: last updated June 2, 2009.
P.S. Another set of must-reads from the Reverse Shot website - just click on the film-title links below for some great reading on queer cinema and television:

Broken Sky

The Wire

Lan Yu


Be Like Others

The House of Mirth

Far from Heaven



NoBorders said...

The links below are off. They seem to open the article at the next link, not the intended one....

Norman Bryson, 'Todd Haynes's Poison and Queer Cinema', Invisible Culture - An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture Issue 1, Winter 1999
Kathy Burdette, 'Queer Film Theory - Bibliography'
Alain Chouinard, 'Queering the Québécois and Canadian Child in Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Léolo', Synoptique 13, February 2009
Lesley Chow, 'The Double Standard: The Twins of Two-Faced Woman and Sylvia Scarlett,' Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 59, February 2008

Catherine Grant said...

Thanks. Hopefully the links are now sorted out. But there remain a few problems with formatting. I've been using Blogspot for a while now, but have just switched to a Mac platform and am having all sorts of pesky problems with inputting text and links when posting. I love my new computer with a passion (sad, I know...) but if anyone can help out with suggestions for Mac compatible Blogspotting, please email them to Many thanks.

Corey Creekmur said...

Even when Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick is not directly cited, her influence on film studies is indeed profound. Thanks for this list of items in a field I thought I knew well: so many essays I didn't know of to now explore.

For advice on your computer and blogging, I suggest you ask Girish Shamu, who seems to have the knack of things!

Catherine Grant said...

Thanks a lot, Corey. I am a great admirer of your work in this and other fields. I didn't include links to Google Books offerings in this area on this occasion but, if I had, your name would have figured very prominently in the post. And thanks for the computer tip off, too.

Stupidly I gave the wrong email address for helpful suggestions in my last comment: the correct one is

reassurance said...

Excellent post! Thanks, Catherine.