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

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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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion
    EditorsDarren Kerr, Donna Peberdy
    Place of PublicationLondon, UK
    PublisherI.B. Tauris
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)9781780761961
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 28 Sept 2017


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