The Homosexual Male Gaze: Normalizing Homosexuality through the Use of Heteronormative Narrative Techniques in Film

Lauren Rohrs


An examination of the use of Mulvey’s “male gaze” by a homosexual character in the 2017 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Explores the potential of the use of this heteronormative narrative technique in the normalization of homosexuality in film and society. 


male gaze; heteronormative narrative techniques; homosexual normalization; film and society; narrative techniques; homosexual male gaze

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