Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Normative Bubble: The Framing of Discourses of Homosexuality in Israeli Cinema
by Chmielewski, Carolyn, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2012, 76; 10305737
Abstract (Summary)

Considering the notion argued by Joseph Massad and Eve Sedgwick that homosexuality is a culturally specific concept that is not equally recognizable and accepted everywhere around the world, one might expect a portrayal of homosexuality by a non-American director to differ from the established conventions in the US. As a successful Israeli filmmaker who focuses on the topic of homosexuality and has been recognized for his contributions to the gay community, Eytan Fox’s films, which also deal heavily with issues of ethnicity and nationality, allow for an investigation of the possibility of alternate homosexualities in today’s globalized media landscape. This analysis will focus on the filmic conventions and narrative tropes used by Fox in three of his films to convey his message, which he claims “refuses to communicate with the familiar and rooted axioms that dominate our reality.” An exploration of the application of ‘closet’ metaphors and ‘coming out’ narratives in Fox’s films will be used to examine Fox’s message about homosexual identity. Furthermore, the films will be examined within the frame of meaning provided by Israeli cinematic traditions for local audiences, as well as within the frame used by American audiences when the film enters global circulation. Finally, a comparison of the interpretations provided by these two frames of analysis, as well as the mere ability of these films to travel successfully from Israel to the US reveals the extent to which these films, and Fox as a director, rely on a notion of homonormativity.

Keywords: homosexual identity, homonormativity, the closet, discourse, Israeli Cinema

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Payne, Robert
School: The American University of Paris (France)
Department: Global Communications
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: LGBTQ studies, Film studies
Keywords: Fox, Eytan, Homonormativity, Homosexuality, Israel
Publication Number: 10305737
ISBN: 978-1-369-49301-6
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