Revisioning Duras

BookRevisioning Duras

Revisioning Duras

Film, Race, Sex


December 1st, 2000

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The extraordinary range, complexity and power of Marguerite Duras – novelist, dramatist, film-maker, essayist – has been justly recognised. Yet in the years following her death in 1996, there has been a increasing tendency to consecrate her work, particularly by those critics who approach it primarily in biographical terms. The British and American specialists featured in this interdisciplinary collection aim to resurrect the Duras corpus in all its forms by submitting it theoretically to three main areas of enquiry. By establishing how far Duras’s work questions and redefines the parameters of literary and cinematic form, as well as the categories of race and ethnicity, homosexuality and heterosexuality, fantasy and violence, the contributors to this volume ‘revision’ Duras’s work in the widest sense of the term

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Introduction: Revisioning Duras9
Part I: Film27
1: An Art of Fugue? The Polyphonic Cinema of Marguerite Duras29
2: Screening the Vampire: Notes on India Song and the Photographic Images of La mer écrite45
3: Hijacking the Hunter: Duras’s ‘La nuit du chasseur’69
4: Excitable Silence: the Violence of Non-violence in Nathalie Granger83
Part II: Race101
5: Durasie: Women, Natives, and Other103
6: Imaginary White Female: Myth, Race, and Colour in Duras’s L’amant de la Chine du Nord121
7: ‘Like the French of France’: Immigration and Translation in the Later Novels of Marguerite Duras139
Part III: Sex165
8: Female Homoerotics and Lesbian Textuality in the Work of Marguerite Duras167
9: Life and Death Upon the Page: Marguerite Duras and Roland Barthes183
10: Photography and Fetishism in L’amant203
Brief Chronology of the Work of Marguerite Duras215
Select Bibliography219