POSTPONED: Out of time: Politics of Fantasy in French Cinematic Romance of the 2010s

March 30, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Lecture by Mary Harrod (Warwick, UK)

Abstract of talk: This paper will consider how tropes of time-travel and dépaysement interact with issues of gender and social identity in French film romances of the 2010s. More specifically, it will explore the way in which the genre’s recently amplified embrace of fantastic tropes, while in some ways mirroring global trends, responds to a situation whereby greater demands for gender equality have troubled the idea of a union of reciprocity based on difference on which Gallic romance cultures in particular have traditionally reposed. Drawing on a range of differently positioned case studies including the blockbuster export The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius 2012), the locally consumed auteur film Camille redouble (Noémie Lvovsky 2012) and films available on Netflix Un peu beaucoup, aveuglément (Clovis Cornillac, 2015), Blockbuster (July Hygreck, 2017) and Je ne suis pas un homme facile (Eléonore Pourriat, 2018), the paper will explore the generic contortions required to keep onscreen romance alive, as well as fault-lines within these and thus the shifting social context that they instantiate. Significantly, this context includes issues of (trans)national market identity, bearing in mind the intersectionality between generational (temporal) and cultural (geo-spatial) difference recently foregrounded by French responses to #MeToo, and simultaneously representing a classic topos of the fantastic mode.

This event will be rescheduled for fall 2020. 

Location and Address

501 CL