Zé do Caixão and the Queering of Monstrosity in Brazil



This chapter provides an approximation to queer masculinity through the study of the figure of Zé do Caixão as part of the Brazilian horror canon. Zé inhabits an interstitial space between overt machismo and clear queerness. He seems able to trespass into both territories without calling into question his own masculinity, or rather, there being anyone who would dare to call into question his masculinity for fear of perishing at his hands. The character also evidences the constructedness of masculinity in Latin America and, more specifically, the performativity of machismo whereby this template of male behaviour and sexuality is rendered a learnt behaviour more than an innate quality of all men of the continent.


Sexual Identity Queer Theory Black Cape Horror Cinema Medium Shot 
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  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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