Constructing Transgressive Sexuality in Screenwriting

The Feiticeiro/a as Character

  • LJ Theo

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

  • LJ Theo
    • 1
  1. 1.Cape Peninsula University of TechnologyCape TownSouth Africa

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