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Constructing Transgressive Sexuality in Screenwriting

The Feiticeiro/a as Character


  • One of the few explorations available on the underpinning thinking for character construction in popular films

  • Approaches character construction from a sexuality studies and semiotics perspective, rather than from a deconstructivist film theory angle

  • Challenges widely-accepted canons of the Hollywood mode of film practice in ways that propose conceptually sound alternatives


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Myth: From the Absent, Invisible ‘Pervert’ to the ‘Is-ness’ of the Feiticeiro/a

  3. Connotation: The Philosophical Constitution of the Feiticeiro/a

  4. Denotation: The Form of the Feiticeiro/a

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-226

About this book


This book approaches the construction of complex and transgressive ‘pervert’ characters in mainstream (not ‘art’), adult-oriented (not pornographic) cinema. It deconstructs an episteme on which to base the construction of characters in screenplays, in a way that acknowledges how semiotic elements of characterisation intersect. In addition, it provides an extended re-phrasing of the notion of ‘the pervert’ as Feiticiero/a: a newly-coined construct that might serve as an underpinning for complex, sexual filmic characters that are both entertaining and challenging to audiences. This re-phrasing speaks to both an existential/phenomenological conception of personhood and to the scholarly tradition of the ‘linguistic turn’ of continental philosophers such as Foucault and Lacan, who represent language not primarily as describing the world but as constructing it. The result is an original and interdisciplinary volume that is brought to coherence through a queer, post-humanist lens.   


screenwriting character construction sexuality perversion fetish film Feiticeiro/a

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyCape TownSouth Africa

About the authors

LJ Theo is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa, where he runs the film school and teaches screenwriting and communications. 

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