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    Coup de genre: the trials and tribulations of Bülent Ersoy

    Ertür, Başak and Lebow, A. (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
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 10:27
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:10


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