Cailin (carnivalesque) wrote in rubyfruitjungle,

Viktor und Viktoria

Hello all. I'm brand new here. Quick intro: I'm a junior at Syracuse University, minoring in LGBT Studies (brand new program that I apparently helped pass), and I'm bisexual/lesbian/whatever.


I'm working on a project where I will be looking at the 1933 German film "Viktor und Viktoria" and its 1982 remake with Julie Andrews, through Judith Halberstam's essay on female masculinities. In particular, I will be focusing on the moment in both films when Victor(ia) removes the female wig to reveal short "male" hair beneath, thus exposing his/herself to "really" be a man.

[If you are unfamiliar with the film, in the updated version, Victoria lives as Victor in order to do drag as a woman, Victoria. Excellent "genderfuck" movie. The original is different]

I'm going to do some historical research into the sociopolitical atmosphere of Germany at the time the film was made, attempt to find someone who speaks fluent German to watch the film with, etc., but my question is this:

Anyone know of any critical analysis type articles on hair length and how that pertains to gender identity? (Ie, hair stereotypes, gender roles and hair, hair and signals it sends, etc.)

[If you help me, credit will be given as it is due. Also... goink my thesis topic and I goink you. 'Nuff said. I can make it happen.]
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That sounds very cool. I don't know where to find hair theory, but since I'm teaching film (including some German expressionist stuff), can we add?
Add, like... add to lj friends? Yes. :D