Spatially negotiating the queer body in Australian cinema

McWilliam, Kelly ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3991-4593 (2015) Spatially negotiating the queer body in Australian cinema. In: XVIIth Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand (FHAANZ) Conference 2015, 1-3 July 2015, Brisbane, Australia.


Abstract

In cultural geography, it is axiomatic to note that space is sexed. Indeed, for over a decade scholars have emphasised the heteronormativity of public space. But it is not simply that bodies occupy sexualised space; sexuality itself is ‘a spatial formation’ (Ahmed: 67). How, then, can we examine the representation of sexuality, and specifically queer sexualities, as a spatial formation in Australian cinema? This paper focuses on Ana Kokkino’s ‘queer trilogy’: Only the Brave (1994), Head On(1998), and The Book of Revelation (2006) to argue that these films evidence, in increasingly radical ways, broader trends in spatial negotiations of ‘the queer’ in Australian cinema over the last two decades. Ultimately, I argue that ‘the queer’ typically operates to demonstrate the boundaries of sub/urban heteronormativity through various forms of policing of the queer body.


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Additional Information: Conference handbook (including proof of my presentation) available here: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ap-southeast-2.accounts.ivvy.com/account67/events/53515/files/55925adb0cde7.pdf
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 Jul 2013 - 28 Feb 2019)
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2019 04:48
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 00:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural geography, Australian film, Ana Kokkinos
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440599 Gender studies not elsewhere classified
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470214 Screen and media culture
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36612

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