Troubling the Femme Fatale Gender in the Brazilian Film Madame Satã (2002)

Da Silva, Antonio Marcio (2009) Troubling the Femme Fatale Gender in the Brazilian Film Madame Satã (2002). In: Naciamento, L. and Sousa, G., eds. Latin American Issues and challenges. Nova Publishers, New York, pp. 81-95. ISBN 978-1-60692-349-8. (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

This chapter analyzes the film Madame Satã. It reads the protagonist Madame Satã (João) − a male homosexual − as a femme fatale to challenge the construction of the femme fatale based solely on the biological gender pair: male/female (Stables 1998: 177). It draws on Butler's (1990a) discussion of gender, which asserts that ‘there is no gender identity behind the expression of gender; […] identity is performatively constituted by the very “expressions” that are said to be its results (p.25).’ This chapter highlights commonalities that link Satã and the femme fatale to argue that both pose a threat to social gender construction rules and challenge the acceptable gender roles dictated by social order.

Item Type: Book section
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 17:59 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 14:27 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44059 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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