Feminist literary theory is a complex, dynamic area of study that draws from a wide range of critical theories.
Although gay, lesbian, and queer theory are related practices, the three terms delineate separate emphases marked by different assumptions about the relationship between gender and sexuality.
Conflicted over his own sexuality, Tennessee Williams wrote directly about homosexuality only in his short stories, his poetry, and his late plays.
A theory of art and an approach to living that influenced many European and American gay male and lesbian writers at the turn of the twentieth century, aestheticism stressed the independence of art from all moral and social conditions and judgments.
Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.
Erotic and pornographic works have been written in many cultures since ancient times and recently have flourished with the relaxation of censorship.
The Harlem Renaissance, an African-American literary movement of the 1920s and 1930s, included several important gay and lesbian writers.
Combining elements of incongruity, theatricality, and exaggeration, camp is a form of humor that helps homosexuals cope with a hostile environment.
Film still from one of five film trailers featured in this post.
The British Film Institute's 26th annual Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, which opens March 23, 2012 and runs through April 1, features a number of eagerly anticipated films from around the world. Among them are documentaries about Bishop Eugene Robinson, the ex-gay movement, and writer W. Somerset Maugham, as well as a coming of age story about a lesbian living in Brooklyn and a comedy drama featuring Academy Award-winning actresses Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker.
Macky Alston's Love Free or Die offers an intimate portrait of Bishop Eugene Robinson, whose ordination as the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire in 2003 roiled the Anglican Communion. The film explores his problematic relationship to the Church with an account of his life as husband, father, priest, and activist for full acceptance of glbtq people in the Church.
Memphis filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox's This Is What Love In Action Looks Like documents the plight of a Memphis teenager forced into the church-based "gay de-programming" institution known as Love in Action and the surprising evolution of the institution's director.
Revealing Mr. Maugham, directed by Michael House, explores the life and work of the British author.
Dee Rees' acclaimed debut film, Pariah, focuses on a Brooklyn teenager whose identity and life choices reach crisis point during her final year of high school.
Thom Fitzgerald's Cloudburst, featuring Dukakis and Fricker as septuagenarian lovers is a road movie in which the elderly lesbians are accompanied by an unlikely ally as they leave their hometown in Maine for refuge in Nova Scotia.
Here is a video clip about Love Free or Die.
Here is a trailer for This Is What Love In Action Looks Like.
Here is a trailer for Revealing Mr. Maugham.
Here is a trailer for Pariah.
Here is a clip from Cloudburst.
To learn more about the British Film Institute and the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, visit the BFI website.