Giving a face to the conflict: Contemporary representations of women in Franco-North African film

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This study examines the allegorization of women in Franco-North African film of the 1990s and 2000s. It argues that these contemporary representations trap women between hyper- and disembodiment, with the narration of their subjectivity becoming predicated upon the social violence enacted upon their bodies. Allegory is shown to be a product of the film’s form and narrative, but also a result of its production and reception.

Keywords: Bachir-Choikh; Doillon; North African film; Rachida; Raja; allegory; representations; scopophila

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Publication date: October 28, 2011

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