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By Christina Keppeler

ISBN-10: 3668302804

ISBN-13: 9783668302808

Seminar paper from the yr 2013 within the topic American reviews - Literature, grade: 1,7, collage of Passau (Lehrstuhl für Englische Literatur und Kultur), direction: Queering American tradition in Fiction and movie, language: English, summary: because the factor of homosexuality within the context of the Western hasn't ever been so brazenly expressed as in "Brokeback Mountain", it kind of feels now not extraordinary that the motion picture however additionally evoked hugely severe and infrequently homophobic voices. Such responses integrated for example David Kupelian, a conservative journalist, calling Brokeback Mountain “The Rape of the Marlboro Man”. Statements like this purport that the movie struck the US correct on the center and positioned hugely praised and sacred American values into query. It additionally proves that the style of the Western includes archetypical and conservative buildings of gender and sexual expression.

As the documentary movie "The Celluloid Closet" (1995) conveys, the subject material of homosexuality certainly has a comparatively lengthy culture in Hollywood cinema, yet usually couldn't be capable of depict gays in an equivalent and applicable means. frequently the movie’s homosexual characters have been portrayed as both exaggerated models of what heterosexuals imagined as ‘gay’, as comedian characters like ‘the homosexual ally’ or the seductive villain, that will get sanctioned within the end.Gayness mixed with classical Western motifs is groundbreaking, since it at the one hand rises mainstream Hollywood cinema on a brand new point, yet however touches the viewers by means of humanizing homosexual love for the first actual time in that demeanour. "Brokeback Mountain" is going with out categorizations and stereotypes, it really units the point of interest on real human feelings: the tale of 2 younger males, who all at once fall in love with one another in Wyoming’s barren region and in spite of everything finally fail.

Beyond the points of heteronormativity and in reference to it homophobia, the movie reshapes or a minimum of demanding situations imaginings of yankee nationwide identification. during this paper i need to stipulate ideological suggestions that are heavily hooked up to the mind's eye of the yank West and the influence they've got on America’s self-understanding. moreover my essay will specialize in the film's cinematographic language to painting Western landscapes, in what approach the motion picture should be attached with classical conventions of the Western style, to what volume it depicts iconic photos just like the cowboy and, nevertheless, how gender identities are developed out of it. the focal point of my argumentation is thereby to demonstrate that Brokeback Mountain severely exposes questions of yank identification as such by way of revealing inherent ambiguities within the conceptualization of the yankee West.

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