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Revisioning DurasFilm, Race, Sex$
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James S. Williams

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235460

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313943

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Introduction Revisioning Duras

Introduction Revisioning Duras

(p.1) Introduction Revisioning Duras
Revisioning Duras

James S. Williams

Liverpool University Press

Marguerite Duras was the most widely read living French author during her lifetime, but also the object both of adulation and denigration in her own country. While she enjoyed the loyal and public support of friends, critics, and exegetes from Michelle Porte to Alain Vircondelet, Duras was also criticised by many for her alleged self-absorption and overexposure. Her literary style has been widely ridiculed, if not dismissed, in France. This book examines the acute polarisation in attitudes towards Duras around three themes: film, sex, and race. It looks at some of her films, her film criticism, and her engagement with photography, as well as gender and sexuality, intersexual relations, and sexual practices in her ouvre. It also investigates questions of racial difference, immigration, and the representation of the native Other in Duras's work, with a special emphasis on female identity and desire.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, France, films, sex, race, gender, sexuality, immigration, intersexual relations, female identity

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