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Ethics, silence and the gaze in two films by Isabel Coixet

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Abstract:

The Secret Life of Words and Elegy by Isabel Coixet are chosen here as examples of the ethical attitudes and concerns of the director. Special attention is paid to the possible meaning of silence in the case of The Secret, and to the transformation of the male gaze in Elegy. In both cases, Coixet expresses her ideas through affects as a way to reach the kind of consciousness that links emotions and ethics.

Keywords: Elegy; The Secret Life of Words; affect; ethics; gaze; nude; silence

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/shci.8.1.87_1

Affiliations: Balliol College – The University of Oxford

Publication date: January 30, 2012

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