'Politics is theater': Performance, Sexuality and Milk

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What does it mean to "play gay"? This chapter seeks to answer this question by examining not only Sean Penn's performance of homosexuality in Milk (Gus Van Sant 2008), but also the politics of that performance which, I argue, is inseparable from the identity of the performer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMillennial Masculinity
Subtitle of host publicationMen in Contemporary American Cinema
EditorsTimothy Shary
Place of PublicationDetroit
PublisherWayne State University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780814334355
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Peberdy, D. (2013). 'Politics is theater': Performance, Sexuality and Milk. In T. Shary (Ed.), Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema (pp. 52-65). Wayne State University Press.