Deterritorializing The Self: Becoming-Child in the Characters of Reha Erdem’s What’s A Human Anyway? (2004)


  • Suphi Keskin Ulster University



gender roles, Oedipalization, becoming-minoritarian, becoming-woman, becoming-child


Reha Erdem’s third feature-length movie, What’s a Human, Anyway? (2004) deals with the problems of male characters towards gender roles. This movie also connotes that these problems occur from the views of female characters and parents. Although Erdem’s films mostly concentrates on the toxic masculinity, What’s a Human, Anyway? is the mere film in Erdem’s ouvre, that of which represents women in a negative manner. This research mainly focuses on the young male characters of movie and their attitude against gender-oriented expectations and parental pressure by analyzing it through Deleuze-Guattarian concepts, including deterritorialization, Oedipalization and particularly, becomings, including becoming-minoritarian, -woman, and -child.

Author Biography

Suphi Keskin, Ulster University

Suphi Keskin is a Ph.D. researcher in the Program  of Contemporary Film Studies at Ulster University. His working fields are new media theory, philosophy of cinema, and Turkish Literature. Keskin published a chapter on media-driven sexism in Lutz Peschke’s Contextuality of New Media between User Generated Content and Professionalism (2017). He also published three articles on cinema philosophy, aesthetics, and Turkish literature, respectively in Dokuz Eylül University Journal of HumanitiesFSM Scholarly Studies Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Cinej Cinema Journal.



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