Cinematic Queerness

Gay and Lesbian Hypervisibility in Contemporary Francophone Feature Films

by Florian Grandena (Volume editor) Cristina Johnston (Volume editor)
©2011 Conference proceedings XII, 350 Pages
Series: Modern French Identities, Volume 98


The last three decades have witnessed the proliferation of gay/lesbian-themed films both on our screens and at international film festivals. This trend – termed ‘hypervisibility’ by Julianne Pidduck – has gone far beyond the boundaries of countries with a multicultural tradition and now reaches many territories, including the French-speaking world. What is the narrative and thematic originality of such films in French-speaking contexts? Do such feature films develop problematics and approaches specific to areas such as metropolitan France or Francophone Canada?
The sixteen essays included in this collection (six in English and ten in French) aim to answer to such questions by offering in-depth and challenging discussions of film productions from France and Quebec, ranging from Patrice Chéreau’s L’Homme blessé/The Wounded Man (1983) via Josiane Balasko’s Gazon maudit (1995) to Jean-Marc Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005). Works by Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau, Sébastien Lifshitz, Gaël Morel, François Ozon and Léa Pool are also examined.


XII, 350
ISBN (Softcover)
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Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2011. XII, 350 pp., num. ill.

Biographical notes

Florian Grandena (Volume editor) Cristina Johnston (Volume editor)

Florian Grandena is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication of the University of Ottawa, where he teaches film studies. He is the author of many articles on French queer cinema and a book on new French political cinema entitled Showing the World to the World: Political Fictions in French Cinema of the 1990s and Early 2000s (2008). He is also the initiator of a cycle of conferences on gay/lesbian hypervisibility in contemporary Francophone visual cultures. Cristina Johnston is a Lecturer in French and Visual Cultures in the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions at the University of Stirling. She has published articles on sexuality in contemporary French cinema, transatlantic cinematic relations and French Republican citizenship in the post-PACS era, and the monograph French Minority Cinema (2010).


Title: Cinematic Queerness