Bordering On Desire: Towards A Transnational Lesbian Cinema
During the past decade, an increasing number of independent films and documentaries have emerged that consider the subject of lesbian migration and border-crossing. Although there has been a steady growth in the production of independent lesbian feature films since the early to mid-1990s, it is only within the last few years that filmmakers working in the United States and Europe have started to explore the ways in which lesbian desire is negotiated through the experience of migration and displacement. An important part of this dissertation is to connect the recent growth of European and U.S. independent films and documentaries addressing lesbian migration and border-crossing both with the increasing visibility of LGBT human rights discourses during the past fifteen years and with the rise of alternative forms of distribution such as DVD. As I argue, the current preoccupation with issues of migration and border-crossing in lesbian independent cinema is consistent with the growing attention being paid to the subject of queer migration in LGBT human rights activism, mainstream and alternative print and televisual media, performance art, and academic scholarship post-9/11. Through close reading of specific films, I explore how cinema generates important commentary on lesbian representational practices and politics from a transnational perspective. As I suggest, what is crucial about these lesbian migration films is that they render visible both the limits and possibilities of adopting a human rights framework for the articulation of gay and lesbian oppression.
transnational cinema; lesbian desire; women and music
Pond, Steven F.
Villarejo, Amy; Harris-Warrick, Rebecca; Juffer, Jane A.; Feldman, Shelley
Ph.D. of Musicology
Doctor of Philosophy
dissertation or thesis