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New Queer Images

Representations of Homosexualities in Contemporary Francophone Visual Cultures


Edited By Florian Grandena and Cristina Johnston

Since the early 1980s, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of international gay/lesbian-themed visual productions, ranging from pornographic images and television programmes to advertising and graphic novels. Often originating from countries with a multicultural tradition (most notably Great Britain and the United States), this cultural phenomenon has now reached many territories, including the French-speaking world.
What are the thematic and aesthetic convergences/divergences of such visual productions? Do such works develop problematics and approaches specific to areas such as metropolitan France or French-speaking Canada? The eleven essays included in this collection (two in English and nine in French) aim to answer these questions by offering in-depth and challenging discussions of various queer-themed visual productions made in a contemporary Francophone context. Each contribution focuses on specific case studies drawn from auteur, pornographic and experimental cinemas, as well as those based on analyses of images from television, printed media and contemporary art.


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Contents List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgements ix Florian Grandena and Cristina Johnston Introduction 1 Part 1 Alternative Images 9 Maxime Cervulle Le Sexe de la « racaille » : pornographie ethnique et volonté de sa/voir 11 Candice Nicolas Une Af faire de goût : palimpseste orphique et hypervisibilisation homosensuelle 31 Yekhan Pinarligil Ixe: l’anormalisation des normes 47 Matthieu Sabourin Fixing the Fluid: Coagulating Masculinities and Homo/Hetero Struggles for Visibility in Contemporary French Visual Arts 65 Part 2 Small Screens and Stage Performance 85 vi Jean-Baptiste Chantoiseau L’Homosexualité à saturation ? L’expérience identitaire et esthétique de la série Courts mais gay (2001–2007) 87 Fabien Rose Un Secret sous surveillance: gender passing et (sa)voir dans l’émission de téléréalité Secret Story I 101 Martine Gross Visibilités homoparentales 117 Nelly Quemener Humour et homosexualités : vers une queerisation de l’espace public 139 Part 3 Printed Images 159 Mathilde Brissonnet « Pas un putain de témoignage de merde » : au-delà de l’hypervisibilité d’un homosexuel dans son journal 161 Luc Dupont Sur la représentation de la communauté gaie dans la publicité du magazine Têtu 177 Bharain Mac an Bhreithiún Graphic Design and the Construction of Gay Masculinities in Kaiserin and Têtu 195 Notes on Contributors 213 Index 217

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