10. Paternity and Pathogens
Mourning Men and the Crises of Masculinity in Todo Sobre Mi Madre and Hable Con Ella
- Marvin D'Lugo,
- Kathleen M. Vernon
Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
Copyright © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar
How to Cite
Allbritton, D. Paternity and Pathogens, in A Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (eds M. D'Lugo and K. M. Vernon), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118325360.ch10
- Published Online: 21 FEB 2013
Print ISBN: 9781405195829
Online ISBN: 9781118325360
- Hable Con Ella;
- Todo Sobre Mi Madre
This chapter begins with the fleshiness of the Almodóvar's cinema, that is (at least, in part) a focus on physicality and sexuality. By teasing out the interplay between queer temporalities of gender and well-being, the chapter makes note of the ways that loss, illness, and gender bleed into each other in Todo sobre mi madre and Hable con ella. In so doing, the author claim that Almodóvar resists normative notions of identity and health while producing radical new forms of personhood based on illness and mortality. In Todo sobre mi madre, the director's use of creational and viral masculinities (“pathogenic masculinities”) sets up possibilities for new ways of imagining gender. In Hable con ella, Almodóvar highlights the vulnerability of the body, its susceptibility to death and loss, and the way in which masculinity both complies with and contributes to this process. The author also talks about Almodóvar's comment on paternity.