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“Not-At-Home” Movies

  • A film clip from the 1930s-era home movies from the Northeast Historic Film Archives.
    A film clip from the 1930s-era home movies from the Northeast Historic Film Archives.
February 22, 2016
The March 7 Sophie Kerr Series lecture examines the relationship between camp aesthetic and rural family life through vintage family film of rural Maine.

The aesthetic of camp associated with urban gay men in the 1930s and its reflection in the life of a young man in rural Maine is the subject of a lecture at the Rose O’Neill Literary House on March 7. “Not-at-Home Movies: Queer Aesthetics and Amateur Movie-Making in the 1930s” will feature speakers Christopher Castiglia and Christopher Reed, both teachers in Penn State University’s English department.

This event, which begins at 4:30, is part of the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

The talk focuses on a collection of home movies from the Northeast Historic Film Archives in Bucksport, Maine, a nonprofit archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing northern New England’s moving image heritage and especially lesser-known, amateur, and found films. The talk will examine “the ways that camp aesthetics usually associated with gay men in big cities bring out the queer beauties of family life for a young man in the early 1930s.”

Castiglia and Reed are co-authors of If Memory Serves: AIDS, Gay Men, and the Promise of the Queer Past (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). Reed is also the author of Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2011) as well as books on the Bloomsbury Group and publications on Japanism. Castiglia is the author of Bound and Determined: Captivity, Culture Crossing, and White Womanhood from Mary Rowlandson to Patty Hearst (University of Chicago Press, 1996) and other publications on American literature and culture.


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