Looking for love: a reading of Apartment Zero
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Looking for love
Abstract: 

Asserting that gay male identity exists in the unstable frontier between culturally-defined notions of femininity and masculinity, this paper makes a close reading of the recent film Apartment Zero. This reading highlights the paradoxically aggressive and loving contest over the signs or trophies of masculinity--ranging from a soldier's cape to the phallus itself--which characterizes both homosocial and homosexual relations among men. Concluding that contrary to recent critical clichÈs, no subject can possess "the gaze," this paper describes the powerful desire to appropriate the signifiers of masculinity: a desire which can never be fully satisfied.

Author(s): 
Joselit, D.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Homosexuality
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Homosex
Publication Date: 
1994
Publication Year: 
1994
Pages: 
271-284
Volume: 
27
Issue: 
2-Jan
ISSN: 
0091-8369
DOI: 
10.1300/J082v27n01_12
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 7798605

Turabian/Chicago Citation

D. Joselit. 1994. "Looking for love: a reading of Apartment Zero." Journal of Homosexuality 27: 2-Jan: 271-284. 10.1300/J082v27n01_12.

Wikipedia Citation

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