Re-reading Film about a woman who...: a study of filmic identification in the context of Roland Barthes's notions Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Yang, Jihye
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art and Art History
  • Film About a Woman Who…, is the second feature length film made from 1972 to 1974 by Yvonne Rainer. Rainer juxtaposes images, texts, narrative and music and intermingles them in her filmic space, which confuses and frustrates the viewer who is accustomed to the linear narratives of most films. Most critics generally categorize the film within the avant-garde feminist film movement due to its experimental film form and social metaphors. But rather than addressing mainstream gender-specific discourses, this paper places the film in the context of Roland Barthes’s notion of pleasure/bliss, the neutre, and readerly/writerly reading to explain viewers’ free and individual identification. Furthermore, it explores and analyzes the meaning of both cliché and anticliché, and of the temporal dialectics in re-presenting autographical diaries.
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