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The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema

Nick Davis


This book argues for a new, Deleuzian model of queer cinema as it emerged in the wake of AIDS. This model moves away from identity-based or politically fixed definitions of queerness, arguing instead for desire itself as an expansive, mutable, and abundantly generative force, on par with Deleuze’s theorizations of cinematic movement and time. This premise allows us to designate as “queer” a wide range of films that formally and thematically convey both the centrality and unpredictability of desire within individual and collective experiences, and with various political implications. Overt inve ... More

Keywords: Queer, film, Deleuze, theory, New Queer Cinema, gay/lesbian, David Cronenberg, Cheryl Dunye, Claire Denis, Todd Haynes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199993161
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993161.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Davis, author
Northwestern University