Queer Film Classics Series: Book Review

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This review discusses the first nine volumes in the Arsenal Pulp Press book series 'Queer Film Classics', co-edited by Matthew Hays and Thomas Waugh. The essay explores the notion of canon formation, comparing the 'Queer Film Classics' series to the BFI's 'Film Classics' books. It interrogates what a specifically queer canon may look like, and why such an alternative canon may be politically valuable. The connections between auteurism and the film canon are highlighted. It is argued that one of the highlights of Hays and Waugh's book series is the revaluation of films that had previously been criticised, or that failed to attain widespread distribution. Finally, the book series is commended for adopting a broader historical and international reach than many other considerations of queer cinema.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Journal of Film Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • queer cinema, film canon, film classics, auteurism, trash


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