Dissociation

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"Disassociation is an intriguing starting point for analysis not only because it suggests the necessity of an imbalance between internal and external space but also because, in the context of the road movie, it highlights a juxtaposition between place-based sedentarism and disengaged mobility. On the one hand, . . . we have home-based masculinity and, on the other, resistance to mere adequacy through travel on the road. The latter supplants place-identity with a personal geography that is based upon movement and mobility. (Aitken and Lukinbeal)

What does this statement mean to you? Paraphrase this idea in your own words? How is this exemplified in the trans-cinema road films we have screened in class? Give one example from "Priscilla" or "To Wong Foo" that seems to be working through the concept of disassociated masculinities and mobility.

To me this passage describes the connection between one's home and their identity, and the way that that connection is challenged when one takes to the road. Both the traveler's idea of home and their identity may be challenged throughout their journey as they identify a home within their vehicle or another home away from home and as they travel through areas that don't accept their identities as their home may have. This passage explores the ways in which definitions of masculinity vary from place-to-place. This is exemplified in Priscilla continuously when the drag queens' identities are challenged in the towns that they encounter and they do not receive positive audience feedback like they did in Sydney. It is also shown in Wong Foo when the drag queens begin to establish a sense of home within the small town that they were stranded in.

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This page contains a single entry by schan114 published on November 29, 2011 12:43 PM.

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