The queer performance of Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarman's 'Edward II': gay male misogyny reconsidered

Richardson, Niall (2003) The queer performance of Tilda Swinton in Derek Jarman's 'Edward II': gay male misogyny reconsidered. Sexualities, 6 (3-4). pp. 427-442. ISSN 1363-4607

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Abstract

Gay male misogyny has become a cliché. From the novels of Alan Hollinghurst and David Leavitt to recent gay themed films such as Trick and Broadway Damage, woman¿s abject presence is used as a defining other for the gay male bodies. Myopic critics have cited Jarman¿s films in the same league. This article will argue that Jarman does not represent his favourite actor - Tilda Swinton - as an abject sponge. Instead, Swinton¿s performance evokes an interrogation of the assumed stable continuum of the sexed body and gender. Through a camp performance, Queen Isabella (Swinton) offers the Butlerian potential of exposing the performativity of gender. The film continually stresses a Brechtian distanciation between Swinton¿s gender performance and her famously androgynous body.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Depositing User: Niall Richardson
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:19
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2012 11:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15778
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