Framing the ‘Lieu Factice’: Shifting Notions of Documentary ‘Place’

  • Oliver Brett


This chapter frames ‘documentary’ and ‘place’ as unstable and evolving phenomena. Implicating spatiotemporal reflections, Brett highlights how the ‘lieu factice’ unzips the fixity of ‘place’ in representational and locational terms, and is useful in understanding the performance of ‘place’. The chapter works through two key debates in arguing for the plurality of ‘place’: the potentially restrictive ‘performative’ documentary utterance and the application of ‘queer’ in universal contexts where indifference predominates. The artifice of ‘place’ as performance is framed as a post-queer doing, which loosens the mandate of ‘identity’ in wholesome terms where this is not so easily recognized. Agency as gestural and mobile is foregrounded then as a way of understanding queer realities in their complex negotiation of ‘space’.


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

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