The ‘Femme’ Fatale in Brazilian Cinema: Challenging Hollywood Norms

Da Silva, Antonio Marcio (2014) The ‘Femme’ Fatale in Brazilian Cinema: Challenging Hollywood Norms. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke ISBN 978-1-137-39920-5. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The femme fatale has long been constructed and understood in popular culture and cinema as a beautiful heterosexual Caucasian woman that belongs to film noir and neo-noir. Here, Da Silva shows the need to incorporate diverse ethnic groups and male homosexuals into the range of "femmes" fatales. He examines how the Brazilian representations cross genre, gender, race, and class and offer alternative instances (black, slave, homosexual, married, and teenage) to the dominant Hollywood Caucasian model. As with gender performativity, the danger the femme fatale represents to society is constructed rather than being an innate feature. This figure represents areas of cultural anxiety, particularly around issues of sexuality and gender, but Da Silva seeks to reframe these issues in the context of Brazilian film.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Antonio M. Da Silva
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 16:24 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 09:55 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44039 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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