Quebec Studies

La Représentation De La Femme Comme Autre: L'Ambiguité Du Cinéma De Léa Pool Pour Une Position Féministe

Quebec Studies (1993), 17, (1), 83–96.

Abstract

The aim of this article is to demonstrate the theoretical relevance of the concept of the other-woman in understanding the sociological, political and historical issues subtending a feminist position of enunciation in the debate over identity. Unfolding the ways in which the cultural discourse of Québécois cinema dismisses sexual difference in debates over national identity, I argue that women's sexual difference is made manifest by a social indifference to the other-subject. The films of the woman director Léa Pool are the object of an in-depth analysis of the paradoxes between a feminist position of enunciation, the critic of a female gaze, and the construction of a feminine subject in film. I argue that, far from opening itself to the possibilities of difference. Pool's work maintains women in a neutral a-political position of alterity, notably by denying a lesbian position in her films.

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Nadeau, Chantal