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Christopher Breu and Elizabeth A. Hatmaker

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287802

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287802.001.0001

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The Shadows of the Twilight World: Beebo Brinker and the Circulation of Affect

The Shadows of the Twilight World: Beebo Brinker and the Circulation of Affect

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(p.122) Chapter 5 The Shadows of the Twilight World: Beebo Brinker and the Circulation of Affect
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Noir Affect
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Sean Grattan

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823287802.003.0006

This chapter argues that the presentation of queer life worlds in Ann Bannon’s Beebo Brinker series reformulates the negative affects present in noir and offer spaces of succour and flourishing against a dangerous heteronormative backdrop. Reading negative affect in noir through this lens reorients the noir scene as one of potential for living outside the light and deep in the shadows of the twilight world. Thus, the gay bar, which often serves as a space of degeneracy in mainstream noir, instead becomes a space filled with possibilities for belonging, love, excitement, and desire.

Keywords:   affect, Ann Bannon, Beebo Brinker, community, homophobia, noir, positivity, queer, space

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