"I ain't queer": Love, masculinity and history in Brokeback Mountain

Boucher, Leigh and Pinto, Sarah (2007) "I ain't queer": Love, masculinity and history in Brokeback Mountain. Journal of Men's Studies, 15 3: 311-330. doi:10.3149/jms.1503.311

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Author Boucher, Leigh
Pinto, Sarah
Title "I ain't queer": Love, masculinity and history in Brokeback Mountain
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"I ain't queer": Love, masculinity and history in Brokeback Mountain
Journal name Journal of Men's Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1060-8265
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3149/jms.1503.311
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 311
End page 330
Total pages 20
Place of publication Harriman, TN, United States
Publisher Men's Studies Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Ang Lee's big gay tragic historical love story, Brokeback Mountain, was released internationally in late 2005 and early 2006. Lee's film told the story of two cowboys who fell in love while shepherding on Brokeback Mountain in Wyoming in 1963. Although the film narrated a demonstrably American story, appeals to a socio-historical connection were widespread in Australia. Indeed, Brokeback Mountain's cinematic release in this country coincided with "Australia Day," a national day of celebration in which beginnings, nationhood, and "settlement" are reaffirmed. In this article, we track the explosion of publicly-audible conversations that took place in Brokeback Mountain's wake in Australia in 2006. On the one hand, we seek to historicize this film; on the other, we also consider the political ways in which it historicized. As the "noise" about Brokeback Mountain became almost impossible to ignore in Australia, we noticed the film tended to be viewed as a cause for celebration. Through an analysis of the politics of historical stories and the gendered politics of emotion, we seek to complicate the notion that this film signified a radical departure from homophobic cinematic and cultural traditions.
Keyword Brokeback Mountain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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