Bourke 2010 Trauma

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Author: Joanna Bourke

Title: Sexual Trauma and Jouissance in Baise-Moi

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In: Rape in Art Cinema

Edited by: Dominique Russell

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Continuum

Year: 2010

Pages: 185-194

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 | French History | Representations: Films / Baise-Moi



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Author: Joanna Bourke, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London – Wikipedia

Abstract: »Historian Joanna Bourke reads Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi's Baise-Moi as an exploration of jouissance "an excess of Sadean spectacle and enjoyment in the abjection of self and others." The sexual violence the women endure, shot starkly and realistically, is not given as a cause or excuse for their subsequent murderous spree. Bourke argues that the film refuses the notion that women are constituted as women through violence, celebrating instead heterosexual pleasure. e-Moi situates rape as a reality, but not one that necessarily must lead to trauma and/or vengeance. Instead, writes Bourke, "for Manu, rape is an external act committed by someone else: it implies nothing about her subjectivity." Unlike rape-revenge films, the reason for female violence isn't safely anchored to trauma: "In response to the question: 'why do you sexualy abuse and murder other people?' the leading characters of Baise-Moi posit a very simple answer: because we can."« (Dominique Russell. »Introdution: Why Rape?« Rape in Art Cinema. Edited by Dominique Russell. New York: 2010: 11)

Wikipedia: Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi: Baise-moi


Added: December 27, 2014 – Last updated: December 27, 2014