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Author: Martin Barker

Title: "Typically French"?

Subtitle: Mediating Screened Rape to British Audiences

In: Rape in Art Cinema

Edited by: Dominique Russell

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Continuum

Year: 2010

Pages: 145-158

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: 21st Century | English History | Representations: Films


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Author: Martin Barker, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University

Abstract: »Martin Barker reports on a study of British audience responses to sexual violence, highlighting the way the diffuse category of "Frenchness" tempers that response. He divided his respondents into "Embracers" and "Refusers," showing how the former engage with the film as a "meaningful cultural experience,", while the latter refuse the experience of the film entirely. The irony is that the same grounds are often cited in accepting or rejecting a film's representation of sexual violence. Barker's repsondents touch on the ambivalence graphic representations of rape evoke, especially the extended rape sequence in Irréversible: on the one hand, spectators report feeling horrified, yet recognize the erotic potential within the spectacle.« (Dominique Russell. »Introdution: Why Rape?« Rape in Art Cinema. Edited by Dominique Russell. New York: 2010: 10)