COLONIZING TIME AND SPACE: Race and Romance in Brokeback Mountain

COLONIZING TIME AND SPACE: Race and Romance in Brokeback Mountain   BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN DOSSIER  the white cinematic and televisual image of gay life that mainstream U.S. culture has manufactured, packaged, and produced? So the fact that Brokeback has met with some degree of popularity may not be reason for dancing in the streets just yet — at least not for all of us. Ennis and Jack appeal to us in a context in which we have been prepared to receive a certain kind of gay man. He is white, masculine, straight-acting, good-looking, and, therefore, sympathetic. All of this points to the centrality of whiteness and of white-on-white gay male relationships as a sense-making norm that fuels the logic by which we ascribe value in the gay marketplace of desire. Gay white men know, and all of us who would have commerce in the marketplace know, that of all the variables that circulate, none are more central and salient than “the gift” of racial whiteness. Whites know they have it, others know they will never have it, and virtually everyone wants it. This might be understood in the gay marketplace of desire — just as it is in the audience reception world of Brokeback Mountain — as the main http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Duke University Press

COLONIZING TIME AND SPACE: Race and Romance in Brokeback Mountain

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1064-2684
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  BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN DOSSIER  the white cinematic and televisual image of gay life that mainstream U.S. culture has manufactured, packaged, and produced? So the fact that Brokeback has met with some degree of popularity may not be reason for dancing in the streets just yet — at least not for all of us. Ennis and Jack appeal to us in a context in which we have been prepared to receive a certain kind of gay man. He is white, masculine, straight-acting, good-looking, and, therefore, sympathetic. All of this points to the centrality of whiteness and of white-on-white gay male relationships as a sense-making norm that fuels the logic by which we ascribe value in the gay marketplace of desire. Gay white men know, and all of us who would have commerce in the marketplace know, that of all the variables that circulate, none are more central and salient than “the gift” of racial whiteness. Whites know they have it, others know they will never have it, and virtually everyone wants it. This might be understood in the gay marketplace of desire — just as it is in the audience reception world of Brokeback Mountain — as the main

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GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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