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Gender and Sexuality in East German Film
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Introduction: Sex and Socialism in East German Cinema - Kyle Frackman and Faye Stewart Hypnagogic Mothers: Gender, Amateur Film Labor, and the Transmissive Materiality of the Maternal Body - John Lessard Powerless Heroines: Gender and Agency in DEFA Films of the 1960s and 1970s - Henning Wrage Jutta Hoffmann and the Dialectics of Happiness: A Socialist Star in Close-Up - Victoria I. Rizo Lenshyn Who Is the "Third"? Homosociality and Queer Desire in Der Dritte - Faye Stewart Volatile Intimacies and Queer Polyamory in GDR Film - Evan Torner Interracial Romance, Taboo, and Desire in the Eastern Counter-Western Blutsbruder - Heidi Denzel de Tirado The Desire to Be Desired? Solo Sunny as Socialist Woman's Film - Larson Powell Ambivalent Sexism: Gender, Space, Nation, and Renunciation in Unser kurzes Leben - Muriel Cormican Dealing with Cancer, Dealing with Love: Gender, Relationships, and the GDR Medical System in Lothar Warneke's Die Beunruhigung - Sonja Klocke Reimagining Woman: The Early Shorts of Helke Misselwitz - Reinhild Steingroever Shame and Love: East German Homosexuality Goes to the Movies - Kyle Frackman Gendered Spectacle: The Liberated Gaze in the DEFA Film Der Strass - Jennifer L. Creech and Sebastian Heiduschke

About the Author

KYLE FRACKMAN is Associate Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies at the University of British Columbia. KYLE FRACKMAN is Associate Professor of German & Scandinavian Studies at the University of British Columbia. Larson Powell is Curator's Professor of Film Studies at University of Missouri, Kansas City. MURIEL CORMICAN is Professor of German at the University of West Georgia. She is the author of Women and Gender in the Works of Lou-Andreas Salome (CH, 2009).

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[B]reaks new ground . . . in its exploration of gender in East German cinema. . . . Time and space do not permit me to address all of the articles in [this] ?ne volume . . . . Suf?ce it to note that all of them are well worth reading, even (or especially) where they may spur disagreement or controversy. -- Stephen Brockmann * MONATSHEFTE *
[This collection of essays] shows once again what new perspectives on the film history and audiovisual culture of the GDR can be opened by the application of feminist, queer, and postcolonial theory, by a comprehensive historical contextualization, and by looking at parallel or related developments outside the GDR. . . . [T]he editors lay out in their introduction the organizational, political, and ideological contexts of production and their effects on the representation of sex, gender, and sexuality. -- Anna Luise Kiss * FILMBLATT *
[T]his is the book so many German film and DEFA researchers have been waiting for!...All [the] essays are of high academic standard and a great pleasure to read...[T]his volume is a commendable achievement and will inspire researchers well acquainted with the GDR, as well as serving as an introduction to East German film. -- Stephan Ehrig * MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW *
Ultimately East German socialism posed the question of reconfiguring regimes of gender, intimacy, and labor, a question that East German filmmakers took on without supplying solutions that only life itself could provide. [This book] is an excellent contribution to the understanding of how this dialectic of happiness plays out in the film culture of the GDR. -- Hunter Bivens * GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW *

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