• Destabilizing Gender and Genre: Queering the Body in Libertarias and Land and Freedom

    Author(s):
    Kathryn Anne Everly (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Film Studies, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century Spanish and Iberian, Spanish Civil War Studies, TC Sexuality Studies
    Subject(s):
    Spanish Civil War, Contemporary Spanish cinema, Gender and queer studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Vicente Aranda, Ken Loach
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/9ntq-yy11
    Abstract:
    Libertarias (1996) and Land and Freedom (1995) explore the complex situation of women militia during the Spanish Civil War. A queer reading of the female body in these films highlights wartime female masculinity (Halberstam) and female solidarity. In renegotiating worn expectations of sexuality and gender, the films question and ultimately redefine the wartime docudrama genre. The queering of gender and genre leads to alternative versions of history that upend the very idea of historical accuracy. The female bodies in the films transgress entrenched binary gender norms, thus creating a uniquely queer representation of female solidarity in the docudrama genre.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
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