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Making Men in Gomorrah 1 and Gomorrah 2

  • Dana RengaEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter focuses on Gomorrah 1 (2014) and Gomorrah 2 (2016) and addresses how male characters are constructed in exceedingly sympathetic and positive terms while committing atrocious and merciless acts, which is not the case for most of the women in positions of power in the program. Principal protagonists commit ugly offenses that, paradoxically, aid in constructing the appeal of the antiheroes. The chapter considers how power is primarily aligned with powerful male bodies, and, as protagonists’ bodies transform—through aging and affliction, through buffing up—power and charisma shift between men. This chapter investigates the gender power dynamics at work in the series’ first two seasons and pays attention to how women and men are made (and undone) in the eyes of the viewer.

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  1. 1.The Department of French and ItalianThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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