Constructing Transgressive Sexuality in Screenwriting

The Feiticeiro/a as Character

Authors: Theo, LJ

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  • One of the few explorations available on the underpinning thinking for character construction in popular filmsApproaches character construction from a sexuality studies and semiotics perspective, rather than from a deconstructivist film theory angle
  • Challenges widely-accepted canons of the Hollywood mode of film practice in ways that propose conceptually sound alternatives
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This book approaches the construction of complex and transgressive ‘pervert’ characters in mainstream (not ‘art’), adult-oriented (not pornographic) cinema. It deconstructs an episteme on which to base the construction of characters in screenplays, in a way that acknowledges how semiotic elements of characterisation intersect. In addition, it provides an extended re-phrasing of the notion of ‘the pervert’ as Feiticiero/a: a newly-coined construct that might serve as an underpinning for complex, sexual filmic characters that are both entertaining and challenging to audiences. This re-phrasing speaks to both an existential/phenomenological conception of personhood and to the scholarly tradition of the ‘linguistic turn’ of continental philosophers such as Foucault and Lacan, who represent language not primarily as describing the world but as constructing it. The result is an original and interdisciplinary volume that is brought to coherence through a queer, post-humanist lens.   

About the authors

LJ Theo is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa, where he runs the film school and teaches screenwriting and communications. 

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Rephrasing the Feitiço: A New Episteme for Perverse Characters

    Theo, LJ

    Pages 1-21

  • Psychoanalytic Absence: Freudian Object-Focus and the Resultant ‘Pervert Sans-Corpus’

    Theo, LJ

    Pages 25-43

  • Absenting Heteropatriarchal Discourses: The Invisible ‘Pervert’

    Theo, LJ

    Pages 45-63

  • Anthropologically Present ‘Perverts’: Re-instating the Feitiço as the Feiticeiro/a

    Theo, LJ

    Pages 65-82

  • Towards an Episteme for the Feiticeiro/a: Realism in Character Construction

    Theo, LJ

    Pages 85-101

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-65043-2
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Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-65042-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87934-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Constructing Transgressive Sexuality in Screenwriting
Book Subtitle
The Feiticeiro/a as Character
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65043-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65043-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65042-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87934-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 226
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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