The "Femme" Fatale in Brazilian Cinema

Challenging Hollywood Norms

Authors: da Silva, Antônio Márcio

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In film, the femme fatale has long been constructed as a beautiful heterosexual Caucasian woman. Da Silva shows the need to incorporate diverse ethnic groups and male homosexuals into the range of "femmes" fatales and examines how the Brazilian representations cross gender, race, and class and offer alternatives to the dominant Hollywood model.

About the authors

Antônio Márcio da Silva is Coordinator of Portuguese Studies at the University of Kent, UK.

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'What is original about this study is da Silva's decision to theorize the concept of the femme fatale, a term that has been very much of a shifter, in the sense that it has been moved around the semantic grid to cover multiple concepts or has been used to cover a gap in that grid. The 'Femme' Fatale in Brazilian Cinema is attentive to the queer postulate that sociosexual categories are not fixed lexemes with a rigid hierarchy of sememes, but of gender in a society and its cultural production." - David William Foster, Regent's Professor of Spanish, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University, USA

"This innovative book offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the performativity of the so-called 'femme fatale' in a number of Brazilian films primarily from the 1970s and 1980s. Navigating between representations of the femme fatale, or the 'deadly woman', if one prefers, as black, homosexual, slave or as a teenager, da Silva provides a key assessment of the figure for Lusophone Studies and cultural and film studies more generally." - Richard Cleminson, Reader, History of Sexuality, University of Leeds, UK


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Silva, Antônio Márcio

    Pages 1-19

  • The Black Femme Fatale in

    Silva, Antônio Márcio

    Pages 21-45

  • The Femme Fatale’s “Troubled” Gender in

    Silva, Antônio Márcio

    Pages 47-72

  • Social Class and the Virgin/Whore Dichotomy in

    Silva, Antônio Márcio

    Pages 73-95

  • The Fetish “Dirt” as “Social Pollution”: The Married Femme Fatale in

    Silva, Antônio Márcio

    Pages 97-123

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The "Femme" Fatale in Brazilian Cinema
Book Subtitle
Challenging Hollywood Norms
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39921-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137399212
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39920-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48570-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 215
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