This exciting and original volume offers the first comprehensive critical study of the recent profusion of European films and television addressing sexual migration and seeking to capture the lives and experiences of LGBTIQ+ migrants and refugees.
Queering the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema argues that embodied cinematic representations of the queer migrant, even if at times highly ambivalent and contentious, constitute an urgent new repertoire of queer subjectivities and socialities that serve to undermine the patrolled borders of gender and sexuality, nationhood and citizenship, and refigure or queer fixed notions and universals of identity like 'Europe' and national belonging based on the model of the family. At stake ethically and politically is the elaboration of a 'transborder' consciousness and aesthetics that counters the homonationalist, xenophobic and homo/trans-phobic representation of the 'migrant to Europe' figure rooted in the toxic binaries of othering (the good vs bad migrant, host vs guest, indigenous vs foreigner).
Bringing together 16 contributors working in different national film traditions and embracing multiple theoretical perspectives, this powerful and timely collection will be of major interest to both specialists and students in Film and Media Studies, Gender and Queer Studies, Migration/Mobility Studies, Cultural Studies, and Aesthetics.
James S. Williams is Professor of Modern French Literature and Film at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of (among others) The Erotics of Passage: Pleasure, Politics, and Form in the Later Work of Marguerite Duras (1997), The Cinema of Jean Cocteau (2006), Jean Cocteau (a 'Critical Life') (2008), Space and Being in Contemporary French Cinema (2013) and Encounters with Godard: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics (2016). He is also co-editor of The Cinema Alone: Essays on the Work of Jean-Luc Godard 1985-2000 (2000), Gender and French Cinema (2001), For Ever Godard: The Cinema of Jean-Luc Godard (2004), Jean-Luc Godard. Documents (2006) (catalogue of the Godard exhibition held at the Centre Pompidou, Paris) and May '68: Rethinking France's Last Revolution (2011). His most recent monograph, Ethics and Aesthetics of African Cinema: The Politics of Beauty, was published by Bloomsbury in 2019.
1. 'Queering The Migrant: Being Beyond Borders'
James S. Williams
Part I: Trans/migration of Bodies and Borders
2. 'The Ghostly Queer Migrant: Queering Time, Place, and Family in Contemporary German Cinema'
3. 'Trans-ing Gender Boundaries and National Borders: Rethinking Identity in Merzak Allouache's Chouchou (2003) and Angelina Maccarone's Fremde Haut/Unveiled (2005)' Christine Quinan
4. 'Transnational and Migrant Queer Affects in Two Basque Films'
Alfredo Martínez Expósito and Santiago Fouz Hernández
5. 'Queering the Cinematic Field: Migrant Love and Beauty in Rural Europe'
James S. Williams
6. 'Facing the Queer Migrant in Nordic Noir'
Part II: Refuge, (Non-)hospitality, and (Anti-)Utopia
7. 'Post-communist and Queer: Eastern European Queer Migrants on Screen'
8. 'Eastern Boys (2013): Hospitality, Trauma, Kinship, and the State'
9. 'Almost Haven: Queer Migrants' Temporary Refuge in Israel in Paper Dolls (2006), The Bubble (2006), and Out in the Dark (2012)'
10. 'We are all in Xenialand: Queer poetics, Citizenship, and Hospitality in Panos H. Koutras's Xenia (2014)'
Part III: Space, Belonging, and (Anti-)Sociality
11. 'Queer Belongings: Recent Irish Migrant Cinema'
12. 'From Migration To Drift: Forging Queer Migrant Spaces and Transborder Relations in Contemporary French Cinema'
James S. Williams
13. 'Trans-regional Optics and Queer Affiliations in the work of Jonas Carpignano'
14. 'Inside Out: Invaders, Migrants, Borders, and Queering the Belgian Family'
15. 'Integration, perforce?: (De)queering, (De)abjectifying, and Victimising the Migrant and Minority Figure in Contemporary European Cinema'
Part IV: Curating Queer Migrant Cinema
16. Interview between Sudeep Dasgupta and James S. Williams