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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

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

Fiona Handyside

Liverpool University Press

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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