Ghosted Images: Old Lesbians on Screen

Krainitzki, Eva L (2015) Ghosted Images: Old Lesbians on Screen. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 19 (1). pp. 13-26. ISSN 1089-4160

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Abstract

Screen images of old lesbians combine modes of representing female gender, lesbian sexuality, and old age, all of which contain layers of otherness within a hetero-patriarchal and youth-centered society. Analyzing a range of films, from independent to mainstream cinema, this article explores how the ghosted lesbian paradigm intersects with narratives of aging as decline in representations of lesbian characters who are over the age of sixty. The spectral matters of illness, death, mourning, and widowhood inevitably culminate in an unhappy ending. Removed from a lesbian community context, intergenerational continuity vanishes and the old lesbian emerges as the cultural other.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Lesbian Studies on 9 January 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10894160.2015.959871.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Eva Krainitzki
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2015 09:20
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 20:00
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1238

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