Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory

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The unprecedented increase in lesbian representation over the past two decades has coincided with queer theory’s radical transformation of the study of sexuality. This paradoxical context has yielded new kinds of cinematic language and radically altered desire’s visual form. Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory provokes new ways of understanding this changing field of representation.

It offers close readings of key contemporary films such as Blue Is the Warmest Colour, Water Lilies and Carol alongside a broader filmography encompassing over three hundred films released between 1927 and 2018. Clara Bradbury-Rance resists charting a narrative of representational progress or shoring up lesbian categorisation in the newly available terms of the visible. Instead, she argues for a feminist framework that can understand lesbianism’s queerness. Drawing on a provocative theoretical and visual corpus, Lesbian Cinema after Queer Theory reveals the conditions of lesbian legibility in the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages208
ISBN (Electronic)9781474435383, 9781474435376
ISBN (Print)9781474435369, 9781474435390
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • lesbian
  • feminism
  • queer
  • cinema
  • film
  • theory


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