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Author: Victoria Anderson

Title: Sins of Permission

Subtitle: The Union of Rape and Marriage in Die Marquise Von O and Breaking the Waves

In: Rape in Art Cinema

Edited by: Dominique Russell

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Continuum

Year: 2010

Pages: 69-82

Series: Continuum Film Studies

ISBN-10: 082642967X (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780826429674 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441109774 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781441116147 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | European History | Representations: Films / Breaking the Waves, The Marquise of O


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Abstract: »Victoria Anderson approaches the vexed connection between rape and marriage in her readings of Eric Rohmer's Die Marquise von O and Lars von Triers' controversial Breaking the Waves. Using Samual Richardson's Clarissa as a meta-text, she explores the rhetorical links that binds rape with privation and marriage itself and demonstrates how both films complicate notions of consent and will. In Anderson's subtle analysis the rapes that are displaced offer a "different understanding of how rape might function as a complex series of affects rather than a single, definitive act." Like Brinkema, Anderson posits the unrepresentability of rape as a problem of perspective and competing narrations. Without the woman's story – her interiority – rape is always shadowy, possible not there.« (Dominique Russell. »Introdution: Why Rape?« Rape in Art Cinema. Edited by Dominique Russell. New York: 2010: 9)

Wikipedia: Éric Rohmer: The Marquise of O (film); Lars von Trier: Breaking the Waves