Alberto Mira – Queer uses of cinephilia in Moix’ memoirs

Event Date: 15 November 2016

Picture Gallery,
Founder’s Building,
Royal Holloway, University of London
Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX

The 2016 David Vilaseca Memorial Lecture

Dr Alberto Mira (Oxford Brookes) – Queer uses of cinephilia in Moix’ memoirs

Autobiographical writing by Hispanic queer authors shows a recurring interest on the movies both as a source for queer education and as a key marker of identity. Queer children in autobiographical writing by Manuel Puig, Terenci Moix and Eduardo Mendicutti among others thrive on movies and use movies to articulate their identities. This lecture will focus on the first volume of El peso de la paja (the first volume of Terenci Moix’ Memoirs) and will discuss a certain relationship between cinema and writers central to queer identity. Following David Vilaseca’s work on queer autobiography Hindsight and the Real, Dr Mira will look into the strategic uses of cultural discourse in order to construct a sense of stable selfhood out of unstable experience.

Introduction by Professor Katie Normington (Vice Principal (Staffing) and Dean of Arts and Social Science, RHUL):

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