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J Homosex. 1994;27(1-2):271-84.

Looking for love: a reading of Apartment Zero.

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Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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 clich├ęs, 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.

PMID:
7798605
DOI:
10.1300/J082v27n01_12
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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