sinecine ISSN: 1309-5838

Performative Gender and Masculinity: Küf, Yozgat Blues and Ben O Değilim

Abstract

In the frame of Judith Butler’s performative gender theory, this article analyzes the male characters, represented by Ercan Kesal, in Küf (Ali Aydın, 2012), Yozgat Blues (Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun, 2013) and Ben O Değilim (Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, 2013) to show that masculinity is not innate and predetermined, but multiple, subject to change and resignification. The article focuses on how these male characters use performative gender with reference to iteration and new intelligibility by the end of each film, subsequent to the changes they have experienced. As a result of their success and/or failure, the characters are left with the possibility of resignification, showing that masculinity is not stable, but multiple and inclined to change.

Keywords: Performative gender, iteration, intelligibility, resignification, masculinity.