Performing masculinity: queer performance's last frontier in "Brokeback Montain"

Carlos Guilherme Hünninghausen


"Brokeback Mountain " goes beyond the frontiers ordinarily established by Hollywood in relation to gender questions. The main reason for this, although quite simple, isn't obvious. Judith Butler writes: the category of gender cannot be understood and referred to as a biological destiny but as a performance which evokes the constitution of gender as a cultural category. Having this in mind, my idea in this paper is to show how every social drama lived out by the main characters in this film are caused by the inability of the heterosexual stage to recognize discreet performances which deviate from its regulatory practices of gender coherence, the "gender as destiny" norm of compulsory heterosexuality. In the specific case of Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar, the main characters in Brokeback Mountain , the attraction, the pleasure and the growing affection for each other as two individuals of the same biological sex.


Cultural studies; Cinema; Performance studies; Queer studies.

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R. crít. cult., Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina, ISSN 1980-6493

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