Queering and De-queering the Home: Private and Public Space in Contemporary Spanish Cinema

By Adrián Gras-Velázquez.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper looks at the idea of the home as a private space and how tensions between gay and heteronormative identities are reflected visually and thematically in contemporary Spanish cinema. It also analyses the private versus public dichotomy when it comes to the representation of queer spaces, and how, in the realm of sexuality, these spheres are “neither clearly delineated nor mutually exclusive” (Cantu, 2002: 159).
The paper examines the private, domestic space as a means of expressing one’s homosexual identity, using Cachorro/Bear Club (dir. Miguel Albadalejo, 2004) as a key case study. It also focuses on public space as a substitute for private space when the private space has been “colonised” (once again) by heterosexual identities, drawing examples from Los Novios Búlgaros/Bulgarian Lovers (dir. Eloy de la Iglesia, 2003) and Clandestinos/Clandestines (dir. Antonio Hens, 2007).

Keywords: Spain, Spanish Cinema, Homosexuality, Home, Private Space, Public Space, Sexuality, Identity, Queer Theory

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.257-268. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 807.249KB).

Adrián Gras-Velázquez

PhD Student, Modern Languages and Cultures Department, Durham University, Durham, England, UK


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