Coup de genre: the trials and tribulations of Bülent Ersoy

Ertür, Başak and Lebow, Alisa (2014) Coup de genre: the trials and tribulations of Bülent Ersoy. Theory & Event, 17 (1). ISSN 1092-311X

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One of Turkey’s best known singers, Bülent Ersoy’s M2F transition coincided with the 1980 military coup. The regime banned her public performances and refused to recognize her gender status, thrusting her into a legal quagmire. The End of Fame (1981), a nearly lost queer gem of Turkish cinema, traverses the star’s personal transition while also (pre-)narrating her troubles with the law. Combining a reading of this film with her real life trials, this essay explores the fascinating encounters that Ersoy’s life hosted between the law of spectacle and the spectacle of law, between the aesthetic and juridical laws of gender.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General) > JF0020 General. Comparative government > JF0225 Organs and functions of government > JF0491 Legislation. Legislative process. Law-making
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion pictures
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Depositing User: Alisa Lebow
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2014 08:58
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2014 13:08
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