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To Conform or Not to Conform, That is the Genderqueer Question: Re-examining the Lesbian Identity in Bernal’s "Manila by Night"

Libay Linsangan Cantor

Abstract

This paper is an attempt to re-read the identity politics surrounding the lesbian character as presented in Ishmael Bernal’s classic film Manila by Night. In doing so, it hopes to trace where the identification of the lesbian construct is coming from, and in the process investigates if the genderqueer construct in Philippine cinema intersects within this discourse.


Keywords

androgyne, butch-femme dichotomy, depiction of lesbians in Philippine cinema

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13185/KK2012.01905