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Wednesday, April 26 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Exploring Orlando: Gender In 'Gender And Sex In Orlando” (1992)

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This presentation will explore concepts of gender and sex within film, and the relationship between sex and gender, as well as the complexities of gender presentation and gender roles within film. Specifically, I will look at the 1992 film Orlando directed by Sally Potter, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. By exploring the character of Orlando, played by Tilda Swinton, I will be able to investigate concepts of gender as the character experiences life as both a man and a woman. My presentation will explore the fluidity of Orlando’s gender and sex, as well as the roles that they must conform to due to their sex. By looking into Orlando’s storyline and characterization, I hope to gain a better understanding of more abstract concepts surrounding gender and sex, and the relationship between the two. Additionally, I hope to explore ideas of gender presentation and conformity (or lack thereof) by following the character of Orlando as they attempt to navigate life within the various gender roles that are placed upon them socially, physically, and sexually. This will also require me to interpret different artistic choices within the film such as costuming, aesthetic decisions, and editing.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:20pm - 1:40pm
221 Karpen Hall