Suffering in silence: bodily politics in post-1995 French cinema

O'Shaughnessy, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-1167-3214, 2004. Suffering in silence: bodily politics in post-1995 French cinema. French Cultural Studies, 15 (3), pp. 219-233. ISSN 0957-1558

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Developing earlier research by the author that had sought to trace the specificity of the current wave of socio-politically engaged film, this article focuses in on the body, suggesting that it has become a core vector of ‘raw’ expressivity in recent French cinema due to the withdrawal of the discourse of the organised left as mediating instance. Brooks’ celebrated analysis of melodrama and the political philosophy of Rancière and Laclau and Mouffe are drawn upon to examine the political work done by Cabrera’s Retiens la nuit and Devers’ La Voleuse de St Lubin. Engaging with the objectified, embodied and isolated social suffering that runs through current cinema, the two films’ significance lies in their exploration of the possibilities of and obstacles to its articulation within an oppositional politics.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: French Cultural Studies
Creators: O'Shaughnessy, M.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 2004
Volume: 15
Number: 3
ISSN: 0957-1558
Rights: Copyright 2004 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:44

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