Pride or prejudice?: the representation of the transcommunity in films of the 1990s

Pettitt, Alison (2015) Pride or prejudice?: the representation of the transcommunity in films of the 1990s. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this dissertation is to discover the representation of the transcommunity through its popular emergence in film of the 1990s. The dissertation will focus on the analysis of three films, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Kidron 1995), The Birdcage
    (Nichols, 1996) and Boys Don't Cry (Peirce 1999). My primary aim is to investigate how these Hollywood films represent queer themes for the spectatorship of a mainstream audience. The dissertation will examine the social issues of homophobia and hate crime within each of the films, and how these themes are sanitised for mainstream consumption. The textual
    analysis of Wong Foo will look at homophobia, the rejection of the transromance, and it will critique drag's depiction of women through its reliance on gender stereotyping. The Birdcage will examine homonormativity, the act of 'passing' in order to be accepted into society, and drag's dependence on camp to desensitise homosexuality. The last analysis will investigate hate crimes within the United States, and it will look at whether 'passing' as another gender is an act of deceit or survival through the gritty realism of Boys Don't Cry, a 'true story'.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2016 16:53
    Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 16:53
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22719

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