Lupine and zig-zag lines: queer affects in Alain Guiraudie’s L’inconnu du lac and Rester vertical

McCaffrey, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-8336-9860, 2019. Lupine and zig-zag lines: queer affects in Alain Guiraudie’s L’inconnu du lac and Rester vertical. Contemporary French Civilization, 44 (4), pp. 387-415. ISSN 0147-9156

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In this article I investigate how a theory of becomings-animal operates in a number of contemporary queer French films by director Alain Guiraudie (L’inconnu du lac (2013) and Rester vertical (2016)). In particular I explore how a becomings-animal’s association with a Deleuzian theory of affect enhances our understanding of queer intimacy. The aim of this article is to reposition queer intimacy as an ontology outside – outside synthetic and vertical lines of filiation and kinship and inside the disjunctive lines of the outside (what is irregular, random, rural, cosmic). Drawing at first on intimacy as an ontological non-relationality (Bersani 2008; 2009) and on the idea of separation as an ontological necessity of queer intimacy (John Paul Ricco 2017), I want to rethink queer intimacy as exposure outwards – an intimacy to and towards. Within this exteriorization of intimacy, my methodology will rely on the affective power of a Deleuzian theory of lines.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Contemporary French Civilization
Creators: McCaffrey, E.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Date: 1 December 2019
Volume: 44
Number: 4
ISSN: 0147-9156
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 01 Apr 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:14

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