sinecine ISSN: 1309-5838

Transformative Love: The Relation between Gender and Love in Romantic Comedies

Abstract

As a tool used to regenerate the existing ideology and consolidate male-dominant dis- course, the traditional narrative cinema, a medium divided into various genres, creates a visible world that can instantly be recognized, and it places into this world such themes as love, sexuality, poor-rich contrast, family, heroism, solidarity, bravery, jealousy, greed, and rivalry, which comprise a major part of popular culture. Romantic comedies are among the films that focus on these themes. Having undergone a process of self-transformation during the ages of enlightenment, modernism, and post-modernism, “romantic love,” a fiction regulating social life, soon became an indispensable part of the narrative. Two examples of Turkish popular cinema Romantik Komedi: Aşk Tadında (2010) and Romantik Komedi 2: Bekarlığa Veda (2013), typical examples of their genre as their titles suggest, are evaluated in this study with regard to love, male-female representations, and the effect of “romantic love” on the legitimization, internalization, and duplication of such representations.

Keywords: Love, romantic comedy, representation, gender.