Animated Fetishes

Elena del Río

in Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635252
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651146 | DOI:
Animated Fetishes

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This chapter challenges the notion of the female body as a visual, static fetish by focusing on the body's expressive capacities and their effect upon oppressive structures. It provides a critical analysis of Douglas Sirk's films Imitation of Life, Written on the Wind and The Tarnished Angels, and argues that the subversive force of the female performer in these Sirkian melodramas does not primarily rest upon notions of individual agency. Rather, the most notable subversive effects of these films lie in the capacity of certain heightened affective-performative moments to disorganise the constrictive ideological lines enforced by their narratives. The chapter also discusses Gilles Deleuze's ideas about expression-event.

Keywords: female body; Douglas Sirk; Imitation of Life; Written on Wind; Tarnished Angels; affective-performative moments; Gilles Deleuze

Chapter.  18056 words. 

Subjects: Film

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