Sexuality and Cultural Change: The Presentation of Gender and Body in Iranian Cinema


  • Categories: Community, Lectures
  • Event posted: Oct. 8, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
  • Centennial Room, Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd.
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Dr. Talattof will discuss Iranian cinema, analyze imbedded cinematic codes and investigate how films are composed. This will foster a better understanding of Iranian society which has experienced agonizing periods of change. The history of film corresponds with how gender is constructed and how sexuality is allowed to be expressed. Analyzing movies from both pre and postrevolutionary periods, Dr. Talattof argues that Iranian cinema has influenced socio-political changes before and after the 1979 Iranian Revolution. In the pre-Revolutionary period, the presentation of females, the female body, and sexuality was linked to western modernity and resulted in a backlash of traditional society. In the postrevolutionary period, the presentation of females and the expression of sexuality came face to face with new Islamic codes of morality, which all filmmakers were forced to respect.

Kamran Talattof is Professor of Persian language and literature and Iranian culture at the University of Arizona.


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