Richard Dyer - The Sissiness of Music in 'Rope' and 'Tea and Sympathy'

Op woensdag 6 maart 2013 hield Richard Dyer (King’s College London) een uiteenzetting getiteld The Sissiness of Music in Rope and Tea and Sympathy.

Over de spreker

Richard Dyer is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London and Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland). After his PhD at the University of Birmingham (Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies), he became one of the founders of film studies in the UK, teaching for a long time at the University of Warwick.


His work focuses on issues of representation and entertainment, particularly in popular European cinema. He wrote a number of groundbreaking books, among others on film stardom, gay and lesbian film and on issues of representation. His more recent work deals with Italian cinema and music and film. In 2007 he became Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and in 2009 he obtained an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Turku.

Over de lezing

Music, and especially classical music, long had associations with femininity, and male effeminancy, in Western, and especially American, culture. This perception is registered in two relatively early Hollywood films obliquely representing homosexuality: Rope and Tea and Sympathy. Especially suggestive is the particular music drawn on for these films, not only because it is by sexually dubious composers (Poulenc and Ravel) but because the very quality of the music, its shifting, elusive, unresolved attributes relates to the disturbing ambiguity of respectable queerness itself.