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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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Excitable Silence: the Violence of Non-violence in Nathalie Granger

Excitable Silence: the Violence of Non-violence in Nathalie Granger

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(p.75) Chapter 4 Excitable Silence: the Violence of Non-violence in Nathalie Granger
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Revisioning Duras
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Owen Heathcote

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235460.003.0005

Actual violence has been linked to its representations via two forms. First is the violence of art itself, the ‘violence of beauty’. Second is the violence that appears to intensify due to its representations. These two forms of representational violence – the violence endemic to representation and the violence promoted by representation – present a challenge to traditional perceptions of art. The representation of violence has two principal aspects that are relevant to Marguerite Duras's film and book Nathalie Granger: the violence of children and the importance of representation itself to the way the violence is perceived and treated. This chapter explores the relations between children, violence, and representation in Nathalie Granger, focusing in particular on what it can teach us about violence and about dealing with violence.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, film, Nathalie Granger, violence, children, representation, art

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