On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film by Eric PattersonOn Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film by Eric Patterson

On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film

byEric Patterson

Paperback | January 17, 2008

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On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations About Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the Film provides a close, detailed, comparative discussion of the short story and the film in relation to ways of understanding masculinity and love between men in American culture. It uses analytical ideas from gay and lesbian/queer studies, American studies, social history, film history, and literary history, but avoids specialized theoretical language in order to be accessible to the many people interested in the story and the film. Original, interdisciplinary, and engaging, On Brokeback Mountain is intended to be not only useful to academic specialists but also accessible and readable for any interested, educated reader. The two versions of Brokeback Mountain are significant for taking readers and audiences inside the perspectives of men who love men, showing what physical and emotional passion, and hostility toward that passion, may be like for them. The story and the film help in understanding the many men who love men and who don't fit stereotypes of gay men or participate in the gay/queer worlds of urban/academic communities, especially men in rural areas and in working class contexts. This book examines the presentation of friendship, sex, and love between men in Brokeback Mountain, as well as the depiction of homophobia and its effects on men who love men and their families. It relates the story and the film to the literary tradition of the homoerotic pastoral, the literary/movie tradition of the Western, and the tradition of the tragic romantic love story.
Eric Patterson is associate professor of American Studies and American Literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
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Title:On Brokeback Mountain: Meditations about Masculinity, Fear, and Love in the Story and the FilmFormat:PaperbackDimensions:370 pages, 9 × 6.06 × 1.02 inPublished:January 17, 2008Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739121650

ISBN - 13:9780739121658

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction. About the Book Chapter 2 Prologue. March 5, 2006: Reactions to Brokeback Mountain Chapter 3 Chapter 1. "A Companion Where None Had Been Expected": Friendship Chapter 4 Chapter 2. " 'Gun's Goin Off' " Sex Chapter 5 Chapter 3. "The Rushing Cold of the Mountain": Nature Chapter 6 Chapter 4. " 'We Do That in the Wrong Place We'll Be Dead' ": Hatred and Fear Chapter 7 Chapter 5. "Separate and Difficult Lives": Love Chapter 8 Chapter 6. " 'What We Got Now Is Brokeback Mountain. Everything Built on That' ": Memory Chapter 9 Chapter 7. "The Pair Like Two Skins, One Inside the Other, Two in One": Myths of Love

Editorial Reviews

Well researched and nicely written ... insightful not only into the Brokeback Mountain narrative but also into the troubling history of sexual prejudice.