Mourning ‘Place’

  • Oliver Brett


This chapter identifies documentary ‘place’ as a site of contest facilitating a creative dialectical performance between ‘reality’ and ‘re-presentation’. Reflecting on French republicanism and the increasing defensiveness of individual European states, the queer lives represented in the two texts studied position ‘place’ as ‘constituting’. The ‘located’ as framed by clear boundaries—that is those between the private and the public, and the internal and external—is unravelled such that the essential, constructive, and heterotopic dynamics of the documentary encounter are exposed as radical. Under these conditions of dis/integration, Brett asserts that ‘place’ is mourned and lost within ‘space’ as new ideas are envisioned.


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

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