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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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Imaginary White Female: Myth, Race, and Colour in Duras's L'amant de la Chine du Nord

Imaginary White Female: Myth, Race, and Colour in Duras's L'amant de la Chine du Nord

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(p.113) Chapter 6 Imaginary White Female: Myth, Race, and Colour in Duras's L'amant de la Chine du Nord
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Revisioning Duras
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Kate Ince

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235460.003.0007

One of the texts widely held to make up the ‘corpus’ of Marguerite Duras's autobiographical writings is L'amant de la Chine du Nord, whose composition was bound up with Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of L'amant, another Duras autobiography, for the cinema. This chapter explores relationships between women, along with the representation of myth, race, and colour in L'amant de la Chine du Nord, and considers how colonialism and postcolonialism structure race relations, with a particular focus on ‘whiteness’. It also examines the relevance of Richard Dyer's writing on whiteness to Duras as well as the mythification of sexuality in L'amant de la Chine du Nord.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, autobiography, Chine du Nord, women, whiteness, race, colour, Richard Dyer, sexuality, myth

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