Brokeback Book From Story to Cultural Phenomenon

ISBN-10: 0803226640

ISBN-13: 9780803226647

Edition: 2011

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An American Western made by a Taiwanese director and filmed in Canada,Brokeback Mountainwas a global cultural phenomenon even before it became the highest grossing gay-themed drama in film history. Few films have inspired as much passion and debate, or produced as many contradictory responses, from online homage to late-night parody. In this wide-ranging and incisive collection, writers, journalists, scholars, and ordinary viewers explore the film and Annie Proulx's original story as well as its ongoing cultural and political significance. The contributors situateBrokeback Mountainin relation to gay civil rights, the cinematic and literary Western, the Chinese value of forbearance, male melodrama, and urban and rural working lives across generations and genders. The Brokeback Bookbuilds on earlier debates by novelist David Leavitt, critic Daniel Mendelsohn, producer James Schamus, and film reviewer Kenneth Turan with new and noteworthy interpretations of the Brokeback phenomenon, the film, and its legacy. Also appearing in print for the first time is Michael Silverblatt's interview with Annie Proulx about the story she wrote and the film it became.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 5/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Pasts and Futures of a Story and a Film
Gay or Universal Story? Initial Debates and Cultural Contexts
Men in Love: Is Brokeback Mountain a Gay Film
An Affair to Remember
Response to �An Affair to Remember�
The Magic Mountain
Backs Unbroken: Ang Lee, Forbearance, and the Closet
Miles to Go and Promises to Keep: Homophobic Culture and Gay Civil Rights
Back to the Ranch Ag'in: Brokeback Mountain and Gay Civil Rights
Breaking No Ground: Why Crash Won, Why Brokeback Lost, and How the Academy Chose to Play It Safe
�Jack, I Swear�: Some Promises to Gay Culture from Mainstream Hollywood
�Better Two Than One�: The Shirts from Brokeback Mountain
American Eden: Nature, Homophobic Violence, and the Social Imaginary
West of the Closet, Fear on the Range
Adapting �Brokeback Mountain,� Queering the Western
Interview between Michael Silverblatt and Annie Proulx
In the Shadow of the Tire Iron
Adapting Annie Proulx's Story to the Mainstream Multiplex
Not So Lonesome Cowboys: The Queer Western
Public Responses and Cultural Appropriations
�One Dies, the Other Doesn't�: Brokeback and the Blogosphere
Making Sense of the Brokeback Paraphenomenon
Alberta, Authenticity, and Queer Erasure
Scenes of Work and Experience in the Rural West
Real Gay Cowboys and Brokeback Mountain
Marx on the Mountain: Pleasure and the Laboring Body
Personal Borders
Sympathy, Melodrama, and Passion
Mother Twist: Brokeback Mountain and Male Melodrama
Passion and Sympathy in Brokeback Mountain
Selected Brokeback Bibliography
Works Cited
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