Australian Journal of French Studies

Art and Woman as Thresholds of the Sublime: the Gendered Limits of "the Method of BETWEEN" in Godard's Passion

Australian Journal of French Studies (2012), 49, (1), 18–30.

Abstract

In the 1980s, Jean-Luc Godard embarked on an exploration of the relationship between the mundane and the sublime that spanned three films: Passion (1982), Prénom: Carmen (1983), and Je vous salue Marie (1985). The first of these works shows the power of cinema to create a space where the two spheres converge. This is achieved through the use of what Gilles Deleuze termed the "method of BETWEEN", an approach to montage and sound editing that dismantles oppositions and emphasizes "betweenness" while preserving alterity. This article examines Godard's use of this method in Passion, where the investigation of its potential also reveals its limits, found in the film's treatment of gender difference. While the film productively reconfigures the relationship between art, the sublime, and the mundane, it upholds the problematic equation of women with mystery, presenting Woman as a threshold to the sacred.

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Marquez, Maria