Recasting Queer History in "Stonewall" and "Pride"

March 20, 2018 | NH Institute of Politics

In this faculty research colloquium, Dr. Jonathon Lupo considers two queer historical docudramas that invent white, cis-gender males as main characters, decentering the diverse real-life protagonists of historical record. 

Both Stonewall (2015) – a fictionalized depiction of the pivotal 1969 riots, as well as the much less contentious Pride (2014), a story of the 1984 U.K. miners’ strike and the queer activist group that supported them – received criticism for the ways in which they recast history, ostensibly to appeal to wide audiences. Through an analysis of the films and the discourse surrounding their releases, Dr. Lupo explores the tensions among historiography, art, and visibility central to queer film history.    

Dr. Lupo is an Associate Professor who teaches media studies in the Communication major. His research focuses on the politics of representation across media, and in particular within biographical films. His work has been published in the Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Film and Television, and by the British Film Institute. Other research interests include queer representation, gender in comedy, and film canons.

March 20, 2018 from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NHIOP West Wing