The Brokeback Book: From Story to Cultural Phenomenon


An American Western made by a Taiwanese director and filmed in Canada, Brokeback Mountain was a global cultural phenomenon even before it became the highest grossing gay-themed drama in film history. Few films have inspired as much passion and debate, or produced as many contradictory responses, from online homage to late-night parody. In this wide-ranging and incisive collection, writers, journalists, scholars, and ordinary viewers explore the film and Annie Proulx's original story as well as its ongoing cultural and political significance. The contributors situate Brokeback Mountain in relation to gay civil rights, The cinematic and literary Western, The Chinese value of forbearance, male melodrama, and urban and rural working lives across generations and genders. The Brokeback Book builds on earlier debates by novelist David Leavitt, critic Daniel Mendelsohn, producer James Schamus, and film reviewer Kenneth Turan with new and noteworthy interpretations of the Brokeback phenomenon, The film, and its legacy. Also appearing in print For The first time is Michael Silverblatt's interview with Annie Proulx about the story she wrote And The film it became.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • David Leavitt
  • Daniel Mendelsohn
  • James Schamus
  • Andrew Holleran
  • Mun-Hou Lo
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Lincoln, NE
Publication year:
  • 2011


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