Screening Queer Memory: LGBTQ Pasts in Contemporary Film and Television

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In Screening Queer Memory, Anamarija Horvat examines how LGBTQ history has been represented on-screen, and interrogates the specificity of queer memory. She poses several questions: How are the pasts of LGBTQ people and communities visualised and commemorated on screen? How do these representations comment on the influence of film and television on the construction of queer memory? How do they present the passage of memory from one generation of LGBTQ people to another? Finally, which narratives of the queer past, particularly of the activist past, are being commemorated, and which obscured?

Horvat exemplifies how contemporary British and American cinema and television have commented on the specificity of queer memory - how they have reflected aspects of its construction, as well as participated in its creation. In doing so, she adds to an under-examined area of queer film and television research which has privileged concepts of nostalgia, history, temporality and the archive over memory. Films and television shows explored include Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman (1996), Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmine (1998), Jill Soloway’s Transparent (2014-2019), Matthew Warchus’ Pride (2014) and Tom Rob Smith’s London Spy (2015).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages200
ISBN (Electronic)9781350187665, 9781350187689
ISBN (Print)9781350187658
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2021

Publication series

NameLibrary of Gender and Popular Culture
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing


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