"Queer Theory and Brokeback Mountain" examines the field of queer theory as it has emerged in the past three decades and discusses how "Brokeback Mountain" can be understood through the terms of this field of scholarship. Organized into two parts, the author discusses key canonical texts within queer theory, including the work of such writers as Lauren Berlant, Judith Butler, Ann Cvetkovich, Lee Edelman, Michel Foucault, D.A. Miller, Jasbir Puar, and Michael Warner, among others. He provides an historical account of the questions these scholars have posed to our understanding of sexualities-both normative and non-normative-in the historical past and in contemporary life, as well as a discussion of the theories of sexuality and gender offered by these scholars as these phenomena shape the experiences of men and women in the genital, bodily, erotic, discursive, and cultural dimensions. The second part examines Ang Lee's 2005 feature film, "Brokeback Mountain," a perfect film to understand the claims of queer theorists. Tracing the film's adaptation by screenwriter Larry McMurtry of Annie Proulx's 1997 short story of the same title, this portion of the book examines the film's narrative about two working-class men in the rural mid-20th-century U.S. and the sexual and emotional bond between the pair that develops over the course of two decades.