Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Sales Date: 2022-11-04
Published: November 2022
176 Pages, 152.00 x 203.00 x 0.90 in, 42 photos
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The first volume in the Queer Film Classics series to spotlight a work by and about a bisexual woman of colour, this book explores Appropriate Behavior as an instant classic of US indie filmmaking in the 2010s, as a radical reappropriation of straight and gay film genres, as an artist’s coming-of-age story, and as a model for feminist-queer creative collaboration. Less than a decade old, Appropriate Behavior captures an urban queer community imperilled by gentrification and homonormativity and serves as exemplar of an innovative wave of independent cinema not yet subsumed by the streaming economy. Maria San Filippo explores how filmmaker and film render a singular voice and story that queers not only its celebrated romcom predecessors but also the gay coming-out film and the lesbian romance alike. The book concludes with an interview with Akhavan.
San Filippo pays special tribute to Akhavan’s audacious sensibility and the “inbetweener” moxie that makes Appropriate Behavior an unparalleled portrayal of bisexuality.
“This significant book offers an expansive discussion of a
film that is widely enjoyed but not yet fully recognized for the ways it plays
with, unsettles, and writes itself into the US independent and queer cinema
canons. Often a rollicking good read, it speaks both to readers already
knowledgeable about queer screen culture and recent shifts in the indie sector
and to the average film lover.” Patricia White, Swarthmore College and author
of Women's Cinema, World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms