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Studying Talk to Her$
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Emily Hughes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781906733438

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781906733438.001.0001

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(p.31) Gender
Studying Talk to Her

Emily Hughes

Liverpool University Press

This chapter evaluates how Pedro Almodóvar's Talk to Her (2002) plays with the idea of gender being a fixed attribute and sees gender instead as something flexible and fluid. Gender roles in Talk to Her are arguably represented as a socially constructed rather than innately determined with characters in careers typically assigned to the opposite gender. Lydia is a female bull fighter in a typically chauvinist industry and Benigno is a male nurse in a very female heavy environment. Almodóvar's blurring of the strict rigid definitions of masculinity and femininity can be viewed as postmodernist. The chapter then considers gender performativity in relation to Almodóvar's body of films. In Talk to Her, Lydia, Marco, and Benigno can be seen to perform both male and female gender characteristics at different times.

Keywords:   Pedro Almodóvar, Talk to Her, gender, gender fluidity, gender roles, masculinity, femininity, postmodernism, gender performativity

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