By Lucille Cairns
This publication units out to enquire and theorise mediations of lesbian hope in a considerable corpus of flicks (spanning the interval 1936-2002) by means of female and male administrators operating in France and likewise in French-speaking elements of Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and Africa. The corpus is exclusive in by no means sooner than having been assembled, and represents a important device not only for researchers but in addition for college academics growing classes either on lesbianism in movie and on sexuality in French cinema. a good variety of the 89 texts handled are mainstream motion pictures that have completed excessive serious acclaim and/or excessive viewing figures: to quote quite a few examples, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Quai des orfèvres (1947), Louis Malle's Milou en mai (1989), Claude Chabrol's los angeles Cérémonie (1995), André Téchiné's Les Voleurs (1995), and François Ozon's Huit femmes (2001). As such, they've got contributed to hegemonic buildings of and debate on (female) homosexuality, in a century in which sexed/ gendered identification, together with sexual orientation, has develop into a preeminent consider the structure of subjectivity. whereas such structures and debate have a French-language specificity, and feature been produced in exact socio-political and cultural contexts, this learn additionally engages in analytical comparisons with correct anglophone motion pictures and their very own exact discursive contexts.
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