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  • 5.2 : 1996 : PDF: Querying or 'Queering' the Nation: The Lesbian Postmodern and Canadian Women's Cinema by Jean Bruce
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    Querying or 'Queering' the Nation: The Lesbian Postmodern and Canadian Women's Cinema

    by Jean Bruce

    Abstract: The elusive notion of identity, and its location in the imaginary of the Canadian cultural landscape, is the subject of many Canadian films. For the purposes of exploring this rather ephemeral notion vis à vis lesbian sexuality, and in order to provide something of an historical dimension to the project, this paper examines La vie revée (Mireille Dansereau, 1972), and Forbidden Love (Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, 1992). The appropriation of the term "the lesbian postmodern" is a way to scrutinize films as cultural documents of both aesthetic and political dimensions, and to explore whether there could be a connection between certain kinds of "unruly" contexts and spectators, that is, to query the potential queerness of the films and their spectatorial contexts.

    Résumé: La notion fugitive de l'identité et son "inscription" dans l'imaginaire du paysage culturel canadien forme la trame de nombreux films canadiens. Afin d'explorer cette notion ephémère à travers la sexualité lesbienne et aussi afin de présenter un fond historique au projet, ce texte traite de La vie revée (Mireille Dansereau, 1972), and Forbidden Love (Aerlyn Weissman and Lynne Fernie, 1992). L'utilisation du terme "le postmoderne lesbien" permer de scruter ces films en tant que documents culturels ayant une dimension politique et esthétique. Le texte explore les rapports entre certains contextes "indisciplinés" et leurs spectatrices--en d'autres mots, questionne l'abérration potentielle des films et leurs contextes spectatoriels.

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