The Virtual Bookshelf: Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation

Dustin Bradley Goltz, Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation: Tragedy, Normativity, and Futurity (New York: Routledge, 2010).

VB: Goltz HeadshotThrough the analysis of more than 70 films and 30 television series, ranging from Shortbus, Sweet Home Alabama, and Poseidon to Noah’s Arc, Brothers & Sisters, and Dawson’s Creek, Dustin Bradley Goltz examines recurring narrative structures in popular media that perpetuate the extreme value placed upon "young" gay male bodies, while devaluing health, aging, and longevity. Alienated from the future–outside of limited and exclusionary systems of marriage and procreation—the gay male is narrated within a circular tragedy that draws upon cultural mythologies of "older" gay male predation, the absence of gay intergenerational mentorship, and the gay male as sacrificial victim.

Using a Burkean framework, Goltz makes a theoretical, rhetorical, and cultural investigation of how the increased visibility of “positive” gay representation in dominant media shapes contemporary meanings of gay aging, heteronormative future, homonormative future, and queer potential.

The research at the foundation of Queer Temporalities in Gay Male Representation formed the basis of a full-scale multimedia performance project called Blasphemies on VB: Goltz DumbledoreForever: Remembering Queer Futures, recently published in Liminalities. Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures was written, directed and performed by Goltz and also features Jason Zingsheim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Governors State University. The performance premiered at DePaul University in the Spring of 2009. It was also presented at Davenport's Piano Bar in Chicago in September 2009 and The Empty Space Theater at Arizona State University in March 2010. The performance documentation was recorded in November 2009, at DePaul University, as part of the National Communication Association Performance Series. The documentation was recorded by Rae Langes and edited by Dustin Goltz.  

Dustin Bradley Goltz is an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication at DePaul University where he teaches courses in performance of literature, performanceVB: Goltz Dumbledore SNL for social change, and the rhetoric of popular culture, with additional interests in gender and communication, rhetorical methods, queer theory, critical theory, and cultural studies. His research examines and explores issues of queer temporalities and futurity, queer popular culture, the performance of personal narrative, the rhetoric of gay male aging, and performative research methods. Goltz’s research has been published in Text & Performance Quarterly, Genders, Liminalities, Western Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies and Qualitative Inquiry.

Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures 

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