Foreign Languages & Literatures ETDs

Publication Date

6-26-2015

Abstract

This thesis looks at the ways in which desire becomes a fil conducteur throughout Abdellatif Kechiches Blue is the Warmest Color (2013). My first chapter presents Kechiche's use of narrative structure in the film in order to illustrate Adèle's alternation between active and passive drives characteristic of young girls before Freudian repression. In my next chapter, I discuss the joint and multiple gazes presented in Blue through Bracha Ettinger's conception of the matrixial and John Berger's Ways of Seeing. My final chapter suggests that Adèle experiences Hegelian recognition both in her relationship with Emma and in two texts presented in her French class: Marivaux's La Vie de Marianne and Anouilh's Antigone.

Keywords

French, Film, Film Studies, Queer Studies, Critical Theory

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Degree Name

French

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Putnam, Walter

First Committee Member (Chair)

Cheek, Pamela

Second Committee Member

Schröter, Katrin

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