On Marginality: Blacks and Queers in La dolce vita

06Apr2018 15:00 - 17:00


Public Lecture by Richard Dyer organized by Jaap Kooijman

Public lecture: On Marginality: Blacks and Queers in La dolce vita

Friday 6 April, 15-17 hrs

There is an ambiguity about textual and social marginality, that is characters deemed incidental, secondary or peripheral and categories of people seen as outside the mainstream of society. Marginality is ambiguous because while it may seem to place characters and groups as negligible, on inspection it may also define the contours of the centre or even be at the latter’s forbidden heart. These ideas will be explored in relation to the presence of gay men and people of colour in La dolce vita.

Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at King’s College, London, and Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK. He has been honoured by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, and Turku and Yale Universities, and is Fellow of the British Academy. His many books include Stars (1979), Heavenly Bodies (1986), Now You See It (1990), Only Entertainment (1992), The Matter of Images (1993), White (1997), The Culture of Queers (2002), Pastiche (2006), Nino Rota (2010), In the Space of a Song (2012), and Lethal Repetition (2015). This year, he published La Dolce Vita in the BFI Film Classics series.

See also: Catherine Grant and Jaap Kooijman, “Pleasure | Obvious | Queer: A Conversation with Richard Dyer,” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies 5:1 (2016): https://necsus-ejms.org/pleasure-obvious-queer-conversation-richard-dyer/


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