Voicing gender
Transgender performance and the national imaginary in the Spanish cinema of the democratic era
in Screening songs in Hispanic and Lusophone cinema
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This chapter examines some of the ways in which the use of popular and traditional songs by transgendered performers in a selection of iconic post-Franco Spanish films impacts on cinematic, narrative and identificatory structures in those films. It asks how the work of song and the reworking of gendered stereotypes are played out in relation to each other. The chapter sets out both to elaborate some of the specific mechanisms of what might be termed 'song work' in these films and to re-examine the oft-made assertion that, in Spanish culture after Franco, transgender performative camp comes to stand for the Spanish Transition to democracy itself. It provides an analysis of three films in various ways with the relationships between transgression and the boundary. The films are Ocaña: Retrat intermittent, La mala educación, and 20 centímetros.

Editors: Lisa Shaw and Rob Stone


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