Performing Place in French and Italian Queer Documentary Film

Space and Proust's Lieu Factice

  • Oliver Brett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Oliver Brett
    Pages 83-122
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    Pages 123-168
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    Pages 169-232
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    Pages 233-242
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-249

About this book


This book explores the space of queer documentary through the modernist optic of Marcel Proust’s ‘lieu factice’ (artificial place), a perspective that problematizes the location of place in a post-postmodern world with a dispersed sense of the real. The practice of queer documentary in France and Italy, from the beginning of the new millennium onwards, is seen to re-write the coherence of ‘place’ through a range of emerging queer realities. Proposing the post-queer as a way of contending with the spatial dynamics of these contexts, analysis of key texts positions place as mourned, conceded and intersectional. The performance of place as agency is considered through the notional film, the radical archive of documentary, the enactment of politics, queer indeterminacy and a phenomenology of the object, the frame and queer mobility. The central themes of family, gender, dis/location, in/visibility and re/presentation question blind investment in the integrity of being emplaced.


Marcel Proust lieu factice queer documentary cinema French film Italian film French republicanism Italian Catholic conservatism spatial dynamics Du côté de chez Swann queer documentary queer representation Oliver Meyrou Philippe Vallois Peter Marcia Gustav Hofer Luca Ragazzi Alberto Vendemmiati Sebastiano D’Ayala Valva Gabriella Romano

Authors and affiliations

  • Oliver Brett
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUK

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