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The Representation of Desire in Postmodern Women Writers and Filmmakers (France and Francophone Countries)

Code
HUM2004-01118/FILO
Program
National Plan for Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation, D.G.I.
Institution
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Duration
Desembre 2004-desembre 2007
Research projects
Principal Investigator(s)
Marta Segarra
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
Research Team
Marie-France Borot
(Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Mireille Calle-Gruber
(Centre d'Études Féminines, Université Paris VIII- Vincennes à Saint-Denis)
,
Nora Catelli
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Mercè Coll
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Ana González Salvador
(Centro de Estudios sobre la Bélgica francófona-Universidad de Extremadura)
,
Marie-Thérèse Journot
(Université Paris III - Sorbonne Nouvelle)
,
Annalisa Mirizio
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
María Jesús Pacheco
(Centro de Estudios sobre la Bélgica francófona-Universidad de Extremadura)
,
Anne Marie Poelen
(Centre Dona i Literatura-Universitat de Barcelona)
,
Eva Robustillo
(Centro de Estudios sobre la Bélgica francófona-Universidad de Extremadura; inv. en formació)
Predoctoral research staff in training
Eva Robustillo
(Centro de Estudios sobre la Bélgica francófona-Universidad de Extremadura; investigador en formació)
Summary

In the so-called postmodern era, both literature and cinema made by women in France and Francophone countries have been characterized by the broad space given to the representation of feminine desire as the vehicle for the expression of new cultural and identitary perspectives.

The main objective of this project is to conduct a comparative study of the literary and cinematographic production of French-speaking women in the postmodern period, which corresponds roughly to the last two decades of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, following the thread of desire, a very common subject in texts by women. By "desire" we mean not only what relates to sexuality, but also -taking on a psychoanalytic perspective- what moves the subject to communicate through words or images their most intimate anxieties as well as to overcome the limits of the self in approaching the Other.

Since the corpus includes literary and film texts not only from France, but also from French-speaking countries, our analysis will have a multicultural scope in order to approach their diverse social and cultural reality, especially as regards to the condition of women.

Objectives

  1. Carry out a critical analysis of the cinematographic and literary production of French-speaking women in the postmodern age that identifies their vision of feminine desire.
  2. Provide the study with a comparative perspective in order to include analysis of works from different (European, African, American...) cultures.
  3. Confirm or deny the following hypothesis: the topic of desire is often the main thread in the work of women creators who seek, in this way, to mark their production with their belonging to the feminine gender.
  4. Publish the conclusions of the study both in French and in Spanish.