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Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture
by Alexander Doty
University of Minnesota Press, 1993
Paper: 978-0-8166-2245-0
Library of Congress Classification PN1992.8.H64D68 1993
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.766

Doty argues that films, television, and other forms of mass culture consistently elicit a wide range of queer (sexually liminal) responses, and suggests an interpretive framework for understanding mass culture that stands as a corrective to many standard cultural approaches.

"Making Things Perfectly Queer illuminates both the potential and the limitations of queer theory as praxis in the analysis of mass culture. By weaving together queer theory and popular culture methods, Doty goes where few theorists have gone before. Doty's work offers an engaging discussion of shows seldom explored for their queer moments. This book is important because it illuminates the theoretical problems queerists encounter and creates a blueprint of possibilities for scholars working with similar materials." --Lesbian Review of Books

"The strenght of Doty's writing is his incredible eye for the telling detail-the lines culled from 1940s Jack Benny shows are incridible nuggets of postmodern, found anaylsis--and a pervasive knowledge of popular culture that allows him to wander through film, video, and print materials, finding fragments which he brings back to his theme to construct an essay. What Doty has done is to place these ideas and arguments in a broader, contemporary, theoretical framework that incorporates clearer, more articulated ideas about feminist theory, gay and lesbian liberation." --Cineaste

"Entirely original, unusually important, exceptionally well-argued, and engagingly written. Offers the kinds of readings of films and television that permanently alter the way one sees." --Constance Penley
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