The B Word explores the ways bisexual fantasy opens a space for bi-curious engagement, creating a fluid range of identifications and pleasures. In films as diverse as Brokeback Mountain, The Wedding Crashers, Persona, Chasing Amy, and Mulholland Drive, Maria San Filippo finds that bisexual tropes reveal the workings of our culture's logic of desire. Viewing these and other films through a bisexual lens, which views subjectivity and eroticism as malleable, The B Word transforms understandings of films previously read exclusively as either homosexual or heterosexual. As San Filippo's analysis of the promotion and popular reception of these films reveals, the entertainment industry both exploits and effaces bisexuality in its appeal to diverse audiences.
Prologue: Chasing Amy and bisexual (in)visibility Introduction: binary trouble and compulsory monosexuality Unthinking monosexuality: bisexual representability in art cinema Power play/s: bisexuality as privilege and pathology in sexploitation cinema Of cowboys and cocksmen: bisexuality and the contemporary Hollywood bromance Bisexuality on the boob tube Conclusion: queer/ing bisexuality.
Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of California, Los Angeles. Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-269) and index. Lambda Literary Awards - Bisexual Non-Fiction, Winner, 2014 其他题名:Bisexuality in contemporary film and television.