The Daughters of Fire: Walter Hugo Khouri's female gothic

Daniel Serravalle de Sá



This article seeks to investigate the connections between WalterHugo Khouri’s film As Filhas do Fogo (1978) and the Gothicstressing matters of gender, race and nationality. More than asimple re-classification, this Gothic framework of study seeks todemonstrate that the representation of necromancy, mysteriousdeaths and female imprisonment in a tropical manor suggest issueslinked to Brazilian cultural identity and concerns. By associatingKhouri’s film to a form that is representative of popularentertainment this article seeks to establish a case in point ofhow the notion of Gothic can be a useful concept in the investigationof Brazilian film history.


Brazilian Cinema; Lesbianism; Nationhood; Female Gothic


Copyright (c) 2012 Daniel Serravalle de Sá

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