Abstract

abstract:

The films of Jean Rollin (1938–2010) are little known today, and his novels are all but completely ignored. With an erudite, aggressively scandalous style, both mediums present monstrosity as an ethical praxis, one deeply concerned with communication and community. This article explores these themes in Rollin's oeuvre, both cinematic and literary, by investigating the structure of Rollinien monstrosity as a brand of eroticism that engages the work of Georges Bataille. Rollin knew Bataille personally, read him deeply, and refers to him throughout his books and films. The communicative and communal practices of Rollin's monsters offer an application and a critique of Bataillian eroticism, with the aim of inculcating a taste for tumultuous and even violent moral revolt.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1712-5278
Print ISSN
0042-0247
Pages
pp. 136-157
Launched on MUSE
2018-03-30
Open Access
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