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The male body as vacillation: disability, gender, and discourse in The Men

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Elisabetta Girelli

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This article considers the representation of gendered disability in The Men (Fred Zinnemann, 1950), Marlon Brando’s first film. A groundbreaking yet deeply ambiguous text, the film explores notions of normative and non-normative physicality through the lens of masculinity, sexuality, and their implications for human status. In the light of key works by disability scholars, and of Judith Butler’s discussion of the cultural construction of the body, this article examines the multiple and subversive meanings made available by the film, and the extent to which The Men allows for a different bodily identity based on dissent.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-97
Number of pages17
JournalScreen Bodies
Issue number1
Early online date8 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Body, Disability, Judith Butler, Marlon Brando, Masculinity, Representations, Sexuality

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