Abstract

Abstract:

The identity of French culture is deeply rooted in its colonial past, and the questions of representation and ideology remain central in contemporary post-colonial cinema. Filmmaker Claire Denis has played an important part in inviting us to challenge our perception of history on a binary axis of time and consider cultures as processes rather than social facts. Her films Chocolat (1988), and White Material (2009) are set in Africa, each of them portraying a white female lead protagonist committed to the black African land. The paper explores the extent to which these fictions encompass an autobiographical dimension, as the two films are situated within the larger context of post-colonial theory in relation to French cinema.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1947-4237
Print ISSN
1536-3155
Pages
pp. 123-143
Launched on MUSE
2018-11-07
Open Access
No
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