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"Rushton, Richard" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:33:37 -0000
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Catherine Breillat: Women, Sex, Violence, Cinema
Saturday 12 April, IGRS, London
This is the first UK conference to focus exclusively on the work of French director, Catherine Breillat, whose work spans the last 30 years and who provokes both media debate and growing academic interest. With speakers from the UK, US and Canada, this conference covers the range of Breillat’s work, examining it in relation to issues such as freedom, sex and desire, romance, feminism, rape, eating disorders, masculinity, and offering readings influenced by queer theory, ethics, Hollywood cinema, psychoanalysis, amongst others.

Conference Programme

9.15-9.45 registration
9.45-11.15 Session 1
Catherine Wheatley (Southhampton): Constraint, Coercion and Collusion in Catherine Breillat’s Rape Scenes
Emily Fox-Kales (Northeastern/Harvard, USA): Fat Girl: Erotic Bodies and Primal Fantasies Revisited
Ruth McPhee (King’s College London): Ethics and Jouissance in Romance and À ma sœur

11.15-11.45 Morning Coffee (tea and coffee provided)
11.45-13.15 Session 2
Kate Ince (Birmingham): Feminism and Freedom in the Films of Catherine Breillat
Adrienne Angelo (Auburn, USA): (S)existentialism and Female Subjectivity in the Cinema of Catherine Breillat
Doug Keesey (Cal Poly, USA): ‘Il me reviendra’: Breillat’s Departures and Returns in Une vieille maîtresse

13.15-14.15 Lunch (sandwich buffet lunch provided)
14.15-15:45 Session 3
Catherine Grant (Kent): Catherine Breillat: the auteur as comédienne
Lisa Coulthard (British Columbia, Canada): Artcore: Love, Sex and Catherine Breillat
Richard Rushton (Lancaster): Acknowledgement and Unknown Women: Cavellian Tendencies in the Films of Catherine Breillat
15.45-16.15 Afternoon Tea (tea and coffee provided)
16.15-17.45 Session 4
John Keene (Northwestern, USA): Breillat’s Queer Aesth/Ethics: The Pure Immance of Anatomy of Hell
Lynsey Russell-Watts (Nottingham): Marginalized Males? Men, Masculinity and Catherine Breillat
Sarah Cooper (King’s College London): Breillat’s Time
This conference is generously supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Lancaster University and the Society for French Studies. Organisers: Richard Rushton (Insitute for Cultural Research, University of Lancaster, [log in to unmask]) and Lynsey Russell-Watts (Dept of French, University of Nottingham, [log in to unmask]).

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