Strategies of subversion in colonial nostalgia film: militarism and marriage in Brigitte Roan's Outremer
Author: Durham, Carolyn A
Source: Studies in French Cinema, Volume 1, Number 2, July 2001 , pp. 89-97(9)
Abstract:Brigitte Roan's Outremer (1990), whose female protagonists carry the primary symbolic weight of French identity, tends toward what Frederic Jameson has identified as national allegories, in the sense of texts that metaphorize the public sphere even when narrating apparently private stories. In this context, the soundtrack and the discursive meaning of Roan's film are inseparable, for it is ultimately what we hear that allows us to appreciate Roan's film fully and accurately as both national allegory and gendered discourse. Thus Outremer's parodic and parallel subversion of the narratives of romance and of colonialist conquest is first announced during the opening credits and attains its apotheosis in the final credit sequence.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2001
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