The History of LGBTQ+ Cinema via Zoom

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The History of LGBTQ+ Cinema, a virtual presentation by Dr. Harry Benshoff.

Topic: Even though LGBTQ+ content from Hollywood continues to grow more widespread on large and small screens alike, queer people have always played an important role in the entertainment industry. This talk will cover how representations of LGBTQ+ people on film and TV evolved through the 20th century by focusing on key films and figures and defining sociocultural touchstones.

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Dr. Harry Benshoff is a Professor of Media Arts at the University of North Texas. he is known primarily for his work on queer sexualities and the horror film as well as more broad topics within horror studies and LGBTQ+ film studies. He is the author of Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film (Manchester University Press, 1997), Dark Shadows (Wayne State University Press, 2011), and editor of A Companion to the Horror Film (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Dr. Benshoff also wrote two books on LGBTQ+ film history and theory: Queer Images: A History of Gay and Lesbian Film in America (co-written with Sean Griffin for Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and Queer Cinema: The Film Reader (co-edited with Sean Griffin for Routledge, 2004).

His published textbooks include Film and Television Analysis: An Introduction to Theory, Methods, and Approaches (Routledge, 2015) and America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in the Movies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021 [2009, 2004]).