Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy - Series in Fairy-Tale Studies (Paperback)Anne E. Duggan (author)
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In each chapter, Duggan examines how Demy strategically unfolds, challenges, and teases out the subversive qualities of fairy-tale paradigms. In chapter 1, Duggan reads Demy's Lola and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg through the lens of ""Cinderella"" and ""Sleeping Beauty,"" while in chapter 2, she explores Demy's revision of Charles Perrault's ""Donkey Skin"" from the particular angle of gay aesthetics. In chapter 3, Duggan situates Demy's rendition of The Pied Piper in relation to a specifically Franco-American tradition of the legend, which thus far has not received critical attention. Finally, in Chapter 4, she examines the ways in which Demy's Lady Oscar represents the undoing of the figure of the maiden warrior. An epilogue reads Demy's fairy-tale cinema as exemplary of the postmodern tale.
Duggan shows that Demy's cinema heightens the inherent tensions and troubles that were already present in fairy-tale texts and uses them to illustrate both the constraints and utopian possibilities of the fairy tale. Both film and fairy-tale studies scholars will enjoy Duggan's fresh look at the distinctive cinema of Jacques Demy.
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
Though Jacques Demy has always been considered different from most members of the French New Wave cinema, nobody until Anne Duggan's superb study, Queer Enchantments: Gender, Sexuality, and Class in the Fairy-Tale Cinema of Jacques Demy, has been able to explain exactly what that difference is. By focusing on the significance of the fairy tale for Demy's aesthetics and also his homosexuality for his subversive view of stereotypical thinking, Duggan demonstrates that Demy developed a profound queer sensitivity that enabled him to produce extraordinary films that questioned the hetero-normality of filmmaking and standard thinking about fairy tales. In short, Duggan's book not only sheds new light on Demy but also makes a major contribution to both queer and film studies.--Jack Zipes "author of The Enchanted Screen "
Careful and close reader of the French fairytale, Anne Duggan in Queer Enchantments engages an impassioned study of a director whose films sweep viewers off their feet. She brilliantly relates filmic fantasy to the signature traits of Demy's style, and in doing so addresses the unsettling issues that make his cinema so pertinent and compelling.--Tom Conley "author of An Errant Eye and Cartographic Cinema "
Existing at the intersection of film studies, fairy tale studies, and queer theory, Queer Enchantments will appeal to scholars from a variety of disciplines. Perhaps most excitingly, it is an important contribution to the growing body of literature engaged with fairy tales and queerness. Readable and compelling, Queer Enchantments models interdisciplinary scholarship at its best.-- (03/12/2014)