Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Eventually We’re All Queer: Isherwood’s Identities and Legacies Follow Christopher Isherwood's from Berlin to
- Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and TheMenEvent.com present Eventually We’re All Queer: Isherwood’s Identities and Legacies
Follow Christopher Isherwood's from Berlin to Hollywood, as he made queer history with A Single Man, Cabaret, & Christopher and His Kind.
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Join us for a fascinating talk about gay writer/pioneer Christopher Isherwood. From England to Berlin to Hollywood, Isherwood broke ground every step of the way, culminating with "A Single Man," "Cabaret," and his coming out memoir, "Christopher and His Kind."
Isherwood: Christopher Isherwood was everywhere in the twentieth century: he was at Cambridge in the 20s; in Berlin in the early 30s; in Hollywood in the 40s and 50s; and in love, with young Don Bachardy from the mid 1950s until Isherwood's death in 1986. His life is often inseparable from his work. His main character was almost always a version of himself, sometimes hiding in plain sight, sometimes gay but discreet, sometimes defiant, and finally open, in his groundbreaking memoir, "Christopher and His Kind."
Identities: In his "Berlin Stories," Herr Issyvoo is wily; it's never quite clear what's going on. By the time we got to "Cabaret," he was bisexual, but Isherwood wasn't satisfied. He got the last work in his memoir, "Christopher and His Kind," where he says that his character's homosexuality was depicted as "an indecent but comic weakness to be snickered at, like bed-wetting." So, in 1976, he set the record straight, so to speak, on the Berlin years and the 30s. In 2018, I went to Berlin, searching for traces of Isherwood's life there. It was haunting and moving, as you will hear. And it included young love.
Legacies: With the publication of Isherwood's voluminous diaries as well Tom Ford's adaptation of Isherwood's masterpiece "A Single Man" and the award-winning documentary "Chris & Don: A Love Story," Isherwood's twenty-first century reputation is looking solid. But what does a bourgeois, charmed gay life from the 20th century mean to us today? To start with: without people like him paving the way, where would we be now? And because he lived into the mid-1980s, he even saw and comments on the early years of the AIDS crisis. Isherwood's life story is a queer story, and it keeps giving, to anyone who pays attention.
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- Speaker Bio
- Chris Freeman teaches English at the University of Southern California. He took his first journey to Los Angeles when he was a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University in the early 90s. On that fateful trip, he met Dan Luckenbill, a librarian at UCLA, who had been Isherwood's student in 1965. That conversation led to twenty years' worth of work and a cross-country relocation. After meeting Don Bachardy in 1997, he began working with James Berg on "The Isherwood Century," the first ever essay collection on the life and work of Isherwood. That book won a Lambda Literary Award in Gay Studies, and since then, Freeman and Berg have published "Conversations with Christopher Isherwood," "The American Isherwood," and, last year, "Isherwood in Transit." At USC, he teaches courses on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry as well as a course on Los Angeles literature and culture. He lives in West Hollywood and Palm Springs.
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