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France in FluxSpace, Territory and Contemporary Culture$
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Ari J. Blatt and Edward Welch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941787

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941787.001.0001

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Girlhood Luminosities and Topographical Politics

Girlhood Luminosities and Topographical Politics

17 Filles and Bande de filles

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(p.113) Chapter Five Girlhood Luminosities and Topographical Politics
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France in Flux
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Fiona Handyside

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941787.003.0007

France has recently produced a series of films by female auteurs that offer a close and sympathetic engagement with girls. This chapter concentrates on two films whose titles draw attention to their interest in the feelings and experiences of girlhood: 17 Filles (Delphine and Muriel Coulin, 2011) and Bande de filles (Céline Sciamma, 2014). The directors, through location shooting, their local geographical knowledge, and non-professional actors drawn from the area where the films are set, place their explorations of girlhood into highly specific locations. Such geographical specificity produces and evaluates a distinctive approach towards girls and girl culture, which is usually understood in a more homogenous way. Furthermore, this close attention to geography produces a topographical account of girlhood in which verticality and horizontality, and light and shade, shape varied and distinctive experiences of power and agency for girls.

Keywords:   Girlhood, Topography, Luminosity, Céline Sciamma, Delphine and Muriel Coulin

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