On ne peut pas y echapper?: Space, Time, and Gender Transformation in Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles and Under the Skin

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On ne peut pas y echapper?: Space, Time, and Gender Transformation in Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles and Under the Skin

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David F. Putnam Science Center, Room 154
In this paper, I investigate the ways cinematic representations of space, time, and gender can create the possibility for transgressive representational practices. Using a theoretical framework informed by both queer theory and film theory, I compare and analyze two very different films: Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin. These films both feature female characters in the process of becoming and unbecoming, and both films are structured around the two main character's feminine routines as they happen in both determinate and indeterminate time and space. If gender is an identity maintained in time and space, as Judith Butler argues in her gender performativity theory, then challenging dominant gender discourse must occur through the deconstruction and subversion of feminine time and space. By examining these films side-by-side and scene-by-scene, I explore the ways in which they use time and space to either challenge or support gender discourse.
Irina Leimbacher

Creator

Boyle, Gabby R.

Date

2016-04-09

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https://commons.keene.edu/s/KSCArchive/item/21094

Language

eng

Subject

Film Studies

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Presentation

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Keene State College

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