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The Femme Fatale in Brazilian Cinema Challenging Hollywood Norms by Antonio Marcio Da Silva

The Femme Fatale in Brazilian Cinema Challenging Hollywood Norms


The Femme Fatale in Brazilian Cinema Challenging Hollywood Norms by Antonio Marcio Da Silva

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.


'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'

About the Author

Antonio Marcio da Silva is Coordinator of Portuguese Studies at the University of Kent, UK.

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Publication date

1st May 2014


Antonio Marcio Da Silva

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Palgrave Macmillan


215 pages


Films, cinema



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