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    Beyond binary identity politics? Ethnic, cultural and gendered othering in Feo Aladağ’s Die Fremde

    Bocking, Cordula (2014) Beyond binary identity politics? Ethnic, cultural and gendered othering in Feo Aladağ’s Die Fremde. Studies in European Cinema, 11 (3). pp. 212-222. ISSN 1741-1548

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    This paper examines how Feo Aladağ’s Die Fremde (2010) simultaneously perpetuates and undermines stereotypes of Turkish-German gender constructs and in doing so engages in a form of othering that, drawing on a long-established discourse in Turkish-German cinema, conflates the Other in terms of gender with the Other in terms of ethnicity and culture. Lauded for eschewing well-worn clichés of traditional Turkish-Muslim patriarchy, Die Fremde represents diasporic identity construction and with it clashes of culture among first- and second-generation Turkish migrants in Germany. Does Aladağ manage to escape the binary economies implied by tropes such as the oppressed Turkish woman, the German saviour and the Turkish oppressor; and do the filmic devices she uses subvert a ghettoization of those values that deviate from the Leitkultur of the majority culture? With the stigmatization of Muslim men emerging as the flipside of female oppression, Die Fremde, I will argue, goes beyond re-creating earlier stereotypes and instead shines a critical light on how such othering is an integral part of German national post-war narrative.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Turkish-German film; gender; ethnic stereotypes; bicultural identity; patriarchalism; diaspora;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > German
    Item ID: 11477
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    Depositing User: Cordula Böcking
    Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2019 16:20
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in European Cinema
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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