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The Cage: Libidinal economy and cinematic space

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This article looks at how the family's libidinal economy gets deployed in cinematically rendered practices of space. It identifies the balcony as a space of release from fraught interactions within the family and the cage as an intrusion within the strictly surveyed space of the household, as a small heterotopia within the affectually dystopic family space.

Keywords: desire; dispositif; heterotopia; household

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Miami 2: University of Hawaii

Publication date: August 9, 2012

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