1st Edition

Flaming Classics Queering the Film Canon

By Alexander Doty Copyright 2000
    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    This lively, opinionated, and playful look at the movies is a must-read for film buffs, and for anyone interested in gender, sexuality, and popular culture. One thing's for sure. After reading Flaming Classics you'll know you're definitely not in Kansas anymore.

    Acknowledgments, Introduction, ONE Render unto Cesare: The Queerness of Caligari, TWO “My Beautiful Wickedness”: The Wizard of Oz as Lesbian Fantasy, THREE Queerness, Comedy, and The Women, FOUR The Queer Aesthete, the Diva, and The Red Shoes, FIVE Everyone’s Here for Love: Bisexuality and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, SIX “He’s a transvestite!” “Ah, not exactly.” How Queer Is My Psycho, Permissions, Index


    Alexander Doty is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Lehigh University. He is author of Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture ,(1993) and is co-editor of Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Essays on Popular Culture (1995).

    "What makes Flaming Classics so refreshing is not so much its innovative angle as its conversational edge. Instead of the autoerotic jargon that all too often excites film critics while leaving their audiences unsatisfied, Doty's intelligent, accessible analyses convert his discourse into a pleasurable intercourse between writers and readers of both academic and pop-culture texts." -- Rain Taxi
    "...peeks into new spaces with a sharp, funny eye to the tornado that continues to rage between marginalized queer cultures and mainstream cinema." -- Rain Taxi
    "Flaming Classics by Alexander Doty turns up the temperature on gay currents in cinema from Caligari to Psycho" -Flaunt."
    "This year's many books that probe the sexual nature of film, film stars and filmmakers could stock a mini-library. Part of the entertaining group is Flaming Classics by Alexander Doty, who argues that "The Wizard of Oz" is a lesbian fantasy -- a notion that many "friends of Dorothy" might passionately debate." -- Publishers Weekly
    "...Doty often takes a fresh approach to overexamined works." -- Library Journal