Dangerous, Desperate, and Homosexual: Cinematic Representations of the Male Prostitute as Fallen Angels

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The purpose of this study is to frame the cinematic male prostitute as a "fallen angel" to demonstrate that the evolution of the cinematic hustler has paralleled historicized ideological definitions of male homosexuality. Because cultural understandings of male homosexuality frequently reflect Judeo-Christian ideological significations of sin and corruption, the term "fallen angel" is utilized to describe the hustler as a figure who has also succumbed to sin due to his sexual involvement with other men. This study constructs an epochal analysis of eight films that explores the confluence of the social understanding of homosexuality with the cinematic image of the ... continued below

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Lay, John Phillip May 2008.

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The purpose of this study is to frame the cinematic male prostitute as a "fallen angel" to demonstrate that the evolution of the cinematic hustler has paralleled historicized ideological definitions of male homosexuality. Because cultural understandings of male homosexuality frequently reflect Judeo-Christian ideological significations of sin and corruption, the term "fallen angel" is utilized to describe the hustler as a figure who has also succumbed to sin due to his sexual involvement with other men. This study constructs an epochal analysis of eight films that explores the confluence of the social understanding of homosexuality with the cinematic image of the hustler from the mid 1960s through the present. In doing so, this study shows that the image of the cinematic hustler is intricately tied to the image of the male homosexual in material cultures and eras that produce them. A filmography is included.

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Lay, John Phillip. Dangerous, Desperate, and Homosexual: Cinematic Representations of the Male Prostitute as Fallen Angels, thesis, May 2008; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc6085/: accessed November 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .