248 pages | 50 B/W Illus.
This exciting and original volume offers the first comprehensive critical study of the recent profusion of European films and television addressing sexual migration and seeking to capture the lives and experiences of LGBTIQ+ migrants and refugees.
Queering the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema argues that embodied cinematic representations of the queer migrant, even if at times highly ambivalent and contentious, constitute an urgent new repertoire of queer subjectivities and socialities that serve to undermine the patrolled borders of gender and sexuality, nationhood and citizenship, and refigure or queer fixed notions and universals of identity like ‘Europe’ and national belonging based on the model of the family. At stake ethically and politically is the elaboration of a ‘transborder’ consciousness and aesthetics that counters the homonationalist, xenophobic and homo/trans-phobic representation of the ‘migrant to Europe’ figure rooted in the toxic binaries of othering (the good vs bad migrant, host vs guest, indigenous vs foreigner).
Bringing together 16 contributors working in different national film traditions and embracing multiple theoretical perspectives, this powerful and timely collection will be of major interest to both specialists and students in Film and Media Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Migration/Mobility Studies, Cultural Studies, and Aesthetics.
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List of Contributors
‘Queering The Migrant: Being Beyond Borders’
James S. Williams
Part I: Transmigration of Bodies and Borders
2. ‘The Ghostly Queer Migrant: Queering Time, Place, and Family in Contemporary German Cinema’
3. ‘Trans-ing Gender Boundaries and National Borders: Rethinking Identity in Merzak Allouache’s Chouchou (2003) and Angelina Maccarone’s Fremde Haut/Unveiled (2005)’ Christine Quinan
4. ‘Transnational and Migrant Queer Affects in Two Basque Films’
Alfredo Martínez Expósito and Santiago Fouz Hernández
5. ‘Queering the Cinematic Field: Migrant Love and Beauty in Rural Europe’
James S. Williams
Part II: Refuge, (Non-)hospitality, and (Anti-)Utopia
6. ‘Post-communist and Queer: Eastern European Queer Migrants on Screen’
7. ‘Eastern Boys (2013): Hospitality, Trauma, Kinship, and the State’
8. ‘Almost Haven: Queer Migrants’ Temporary Refuge in Israel in Paper Dolls (2006), The Bubble (2006), and Out in the Dark (2012)’
9. ‘We are all in Xenialand: Queer poetics, Citizenship and Hospitality in Panos H. Koutras’s Xenia’
Part III: Space, Belonging, and (Anti-)Sociality
10. ‘Queer Belongings: Recent Irish Migrant Cinema’
11. ‘From Migration To Drift: Forging Queer Migrant Spaces and Transborder Relations in Contemporary French Cinema’
James S. Williams
12. ‘Trans-regional Optics and Queer Affiliations in the work of Jonas Carpignano’
13. ‘Inside Out: Invaders, Migrants, Borders, and Queering the Belgian Family’
Part IV: Absence and In/visibility: the Queer Post-Migrant
14. ‘‘‘The Real Deal’: Queering Danish National Identity’
15. ‘Integration, perforce?: (De)queering, (De)abjectifying, and Victimising the Migrant and Minority Figure in Contemporary European Cinema’
16. ‘Facing the Queer Migrant in Nordic Noir’
Part V: Curating Queer Migrant Cinema
17. Interview between Sudeep Dasgupta and James S. Williams
The Global Gender series provides original research from across the humanities and social sciences, casting light on a range of topics from international authors examining the diverse and shifting issues of gender and sexuality on the world stage. Utilising a range of approaches and interventions, these texts are a lively and accessible resource for both scholars and upper level students from a wide array of fields including Gender and Women’s Studies, Sociology, Politics, Communication, Cultural Studies and Literature.