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The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon Paperback – May 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books / University of Nebraska Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803226640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803226647
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For the Brokeback enthusiast, the book offers much to savor, as the pieces are uniformly passionate and chockfull of contextualizing information and analysis ."—Kirkus Reviews
(Kirkus Reviews 2011-04-01)

"This volume will serve as a primary research tool for not those interested in the film or its broader context."—G. R. Butters Jr., Choice
(G. R. Butters Jr. Choice)

"The fact that the Brokeback Book evoked so many questions about same-sex representations on-screen and their effects on viewers demonstrates the worth of this volume, whose essays offer considerable merits. The debates are clearly destined to continue for some time to come."—Matthew Hays, Gay & Lesbian Review
(Matthew Hays Gay & Lesbian Review)

About the Author

William R. Handley is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Marriage, Violence, and Nation in the American Literary West and the coeditor, with Nathaniel Lewis, of True West: Authenticity and the American West, available in a Bison Books edition.

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Professor of English, Haley Professor of Western American Studies, and editor of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Review at West Texas A&M University.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By laconfidential on July 18, 2011
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The fact that we are still thinking, dreaming, experiencing, and critiquing BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN some six years after the award-winning motion picture was released is a testament to the kind of emotions it evoked - both positively and negatively.

Evaluating this particular rhetorical artifact within the context of contemporary mores, with strident inroads made for the LGBT community in the past couple of years, is a task begging for failure.

How can any scholar peer without prejudicial eye on a past event - much less a fictionalized one?

In my opinion, it would be a dishonest approach and what would be the point? The esteemed collection of contributors to THE BROKEBACK BOOK, to their everlasting credit, have not pretended to do so.

What they have accomplished, however, is further the discourse about why BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN resonated so soundly with the LGBT community, the "straight" community, and even its detractors. They have asked questions, provided theories, and pondered the possibilities of what is, what was, and what may come.

This is not complaining. Rather, it reminds us once again, why this elegant film broke our hearts, but not our resolve to discover new ways of talking about the human experience in all of its remarkable reflections.

Indeed, making molehills out of mountains might move us forward in our quest for a clearer view from where we sit now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Gendry on July 27, 2013
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This is an excellent variety of essays that promote more thought that people bring to this movie. This is, on one hand, one of the best movies I've seen and this book enhances the experience!
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Very educational and informative book about one of the most beautiful, interesting, and passionately controversial films of the last 100 years.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FOFOL on July 18, 2011
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Whining about what a work of art is not wastes the reader's time. Several of the articles in this book complain about what the story does not include. If an author believes that a work needs to contain particular information, that information will be in the work; if the author chooses to omit certain information, or points of view, then that information doesn't make it into the work. Some of the articles in this book sound too much like a petulant child: 'the author didn't write about, or spend enough time (on what I thought she should)' sounds too much like 'I cried all day because they didn't sell pistacchio ice cream at the amusement park.' I prefer critiques whose main focus is the work at hand, not the reviewer's imagined superiority. Instead of complaining because an author doesn't write from the reviewer's POV, the reviewer/critic needs to write their own book. It's unhelpful and immature to criticize an author because they didn't write the book the Monday morning quarterback wanted to read.
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