Queer Effects in the Structure of Tim Ford’s (2009) Film, “A Single Man”


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Queer Effects in the Structure of Tim Ford’s (2009) Film, "A Single Man"
The purpose of this essay is to explore the queer affects involved in the structure of Tim Ford’s (2009) film, A Single Man. There are two affects in particular that interest me: (a) The protagonist George Falconer’s claim that “to feel, rather than think” is his salvation and (b) George’s ability to discover and enjoy the beauty of everyday experiences and artifacts. The remainder of the essay contains a discussion of both of these affects as seen through the lenses of relevant concepts and theories. The thesis of the paper is that, as it unfolds in A Single Man, the purpose of queer affect is to create an alternate system of beauty that both substitutes...
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..... everyday and also turns his emotion into a form of epistemology that replaces his reason; both of these decisions are forms of queer affect that allow George to survive in the
world despite the end of his queer relationship and its cascading trauma.
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