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Gender, sexuality and the challenge of seeing in Orlando

Hateley, Erica (2011) Gender, sexuality and the challenge of seeing in Orlando. Screen Education, pp. 105-110.

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    Abstract

    Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992) is a significant filmic achievement: in only ninety minutes it offers a rich, layered, and challenging account of a life lived across four hundred years, across two sexes and genders, and across multiple countries and cultures. Already established as a feminist artist, Potter aligns herself with a genealogy of feminist art by adapting Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography (1928) to tell the story of Orlando: a British subject who must negotiate their “identity” while living a strangely long time and, also somewhat strangely, changing biological sex from male to female. Both novel and film interrogate norms of gender and culture. They each take up issues of sex, gender, and sexuality as socially-constructed phenomena rather than as “essential truths”, and Orlando’s attempts to tell his/her story and make sense of his/her life mirror readers’ attempts to understand and interpret Orlando’s journey within inherited artistic traditions.

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    ID Code: 43918
    Item Type: Journal Article
    Keywords: Orlando, Potter, Sally, Woolf, Virginia, adaptation
    ISSN: 1449-857X
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Culture Gender Sexuality (200205)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LITERARY STUDIES (200500) > British and Irish Literature (200503)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australian Teachers of Media
    Deposited On: 12 Aug 2011 09:10
    Last Modified: 13 Aug 2011 22:20

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