The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: O Fanstasma and Erotomania

Mercer, John (2017) The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: O Fanstasma and Erotomania. In: Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion. I. B. Tauris, London, UK, pp. 32-46. ISBN 9781780761961

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The chapter aims to identify romantic and specifically sexual obsession as a recurrent theme across gay cinema.

By focussing on a text that evidences the most extreme variant of this, erotomania, the chapter situates expressions of the defiled and the abject and the discourse of doomed or unrequited love as important to the construction of a gay aesthetic and sensibility.

The central concern of the essay is to raise the question of why gay love is still so often positioned as an impossibility in cinema.

Item Type: Book Section
Identification Number: 9781780761961
28 September 2017Published
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: John Mercer
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 09:24
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 16:17

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