The first reason why My Summer of Love emphasizes the normalized heterosexual ideology is found in the main narrative of the movie, namely that of the tomboy. According to Barbara Creed, the tomboy is “the central image used to control representations of the potentially lesbian body” (Creed 112) and in Pawlikowski’s film one of the two main characters, Mona, can be described as being a tomboy. This feature is significantly made explicit by the mise-en-s...
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...not a film that acts queerly: there is no “transgressing, disrupting, and subverting” of “straight norms and conventions” (8).
Creed, Barbara. “Lesbian Bodies: Tribades, Tomboys and Tarts”. In The Body: A Reader. : Mariam Fraser and Monica Greco (eds.). London: Routledge, 2005, 111-124.
My Summer of Love. Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski. ContentFilm, 2004. Film.
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