William Baranès was born in 1965. He graduated from the École nationale d'administration and worked as a legal judge before turning to writing. He used the nom de plume Guillaume Dustan from 1995 onwards. His first novel, Dans ma chambre, brought him fame. His work has been compared to Renaud Camus, Marguerite Duras, Herve Guibert, Celine's Journey to the End of the Night, Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, and Bret Easton Ellis.
He also edited Le Rayon Gay, a collection of books, for Balland.
He was short film producer. Some of his films include Nous and Back. He acted in the 2005 film PROCESS written & directed by CS Leigh playing the employee who checks Beatrice Dalle in to the hotel where she will take her own life. The film also stars Guillaume Depardieu.
Baranès died of an accidental drug overdose on October 3, 2005.
In My Room (High Risk Books) by Guillame Dustan
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Serpent's Tail (July 1, 1998)
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The narrator just wants to have a good time. His friends want him to be more mature and show commitment in his relationships. A hedonist tour of the nightclubs and gay bars of Paris, In My Room is a State of Desire for the chemical generation.
Queer French by Denis M. Provencher
Hardcover: 236 pages
Publisher: Ashgate (December 20, 2007)
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In this book, Denis M. Provencher examines the tensions between Anglo-American and French articulations of homosexuality and sexual citizenship in the context of contemporary French popular culture and first-person narratives. In the light of recent political events and the perceived hegemonic role of US forces throughout the world, an examination of the French resistance to globalization and 'Americanization', is timely in this context.He argues that contemporary French gay and lesbian cultures rely on long-standing French narratives that resist US models of gay experience. He maintains that French gay experiences are mitigated through (gay) French language that draws on several canonical voices - including Jean Genet and Jean-Paul Sartre - and various universalistic discourses.Drawing on material from a diverse array of media, "Queer French" draws out the importance of a French gay linguistic and semiotic tradition that emerges in contemporary textual practices and discourses as they relate to sexual citizenship in 20th- and 21st-century France. It will appeal to an interdisciplinary readership in gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies, linguistics, media and communication studies and French studies.
French Queer Cinema by Nick Rees-Roberts
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (January 30, 2009)
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French Queer Cinema reads queer self-representation in contemporary auteur film and experimental video. While advances have been made in the research of queer representations in France, this is the first comprehensive study of the cultural formation and critical reception of contemporary queer film and video. French Queer Cinema addresses the socio-political context informing both queer DIY video and independent gay cinema, including films such as Patrice Chéreau's Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train, Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's Drôle de Félix, François Ozon's Le Temps qui reste, and André Téchiné's Les Témoins. Taking up recent Anglo-American research into queer migration, this book also considers gay fantasies of Arab (beur) men, as well as beur self-representation in Europe's fastest-selling gay DV porn production, Citébeur. Further chapters address transgender dissent and the effects of AIDS and loss on the formation of gay identities.