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  • 8.1 : 1999 : PDF: Dead Queers: One Legacy of the Trope of "Mind Over Matter" in the Films of David Cronenberg by Christine Ramsay
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    Dead Queers: One Legacy of the Trope of "Mind Over Matter" in the Films of David Cronenberg

    by Christine Ramsay

    Abstract: Through ideas raised by Thomas Waugh's queering of the Canadian canon, this paper elaborates a critique of popular and critical postmodern thinking about the cinema of David Cronenberg as radical and his heroes as transgressive. It is a response to Waugh's suggestion that masculinity studies in Canadian cinema would benefit from a shift in theoretical perspective away from the baised heteronormative one based in early feminist thinking on sexual difference, toward the more socio-discursively inclusive one based on contemporary queer thinking on the homosocial continuum, homosocial desire, and homophobia. Accordingly, it sketches out the beginnings of a dialogic/feminist/queer reading of authorship and subjectivity in Cronenberg, taking into critical account the number of dead queers that litter the sets of our putatively progressive premier auteur. Rather than a cinema of masculine liberation and transformation, Cronenberg's work is revealed as decidely romantic, phallic, and narcissistic in its hysterical treatment of the body and the (feminized, queer) other.

    Résumé: Partir des idées de Thomas Waugh, qui suggére de rendre "queer" les canons du cinéma canadien, cet article questionne la notion populaire et post-moderniste que le cinéma de David Cronenberg est radical et que ses héros sont transgressifs. En résponse … la proposition de Waugh de changer la perspective théorique actuelle de l'étude masculiniste du cinéma canadien, qui adopte le préjugé hétéronormatif des débuts du féminisme, en lui substituant un discours social plus inclusive basé sur les concepts "queer" du continuum homosocial, du désir homosocial et de l'homophobie , cet article esquisse les bases d'une lecture dialogique/féministe/"queer" des films de cet auteur apparemment progressiste, mais dont l' uvre est joncher d'homosexuels morts. Plut“t qu'un cinéma de libération et de transformation masculines, l' uvre de Cronenberg se révéle comme romantique, phallique et narcissique dans son traitemement hystérique du corps et de l'autre "queer" féminisé.

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