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Impossible crossings: Gender melancholy in Lola Bilidikid and Auslandstournee

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Abstract:

This article examines two recent Turkish-German films, Lola Bilidikid (Kutlu Ataman) and Auslandstournee (Aye Polat). Drawing on Butlerian theory of gender melancholy, this article explores the close relationship between transvestism, motherland and national identification. Reading the films as a revelation of the performative nature of gender and the heterosexual matrix, this article suggests that the ambiguous relationship of drag queens with the mother(land), their fathers and national identity, can be explained by the ungrievable lack that melancholy is built upon.

Keywords: Turkish-German film; drag; melancholy; mother; motherland

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ncin.4.2.105_1

Affiliations: Gazi University, Ankara.

Publication date: October 9, 2006

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