Screening gender and sexuality in contemporary Quebec film adaptation

by Bremer, Rose Mary

Abstract (Summary)
My dissertation examines the relationship between film adaptation, gender and sexuality in contemporary Quebec cinema. Using Robert Stams work as a point of departure, I examine four adaptations directed by well-known Quebec filmmakers: Les fous de Bassan (Yves Simoneau, 1986), La demoiselle sauvage (Lea Pool, 1991), A corps perdu (Lea Pool, 1988), and Le sexe des etoiles (Paule Baillargeon, 1993). Very little has been written to date on the role of film adaptation in the evolution of Quebec cinema. More often than not, whether in Quebec or elsewhere in the Western world, the study of film and literature has been limited to an examination of the relationship between an individual film and its source text. Stam suggests that film adaptation be looked at as a special kind of intertextual relationship between a hypotext (a source text) and a hypertext (its film adaptation). The concept of intertextuality situates literature and film as part of a complex matrix of discursive practices that underlies all texts produced by a culture, facilitating the analysis of film adaptation and the representation therein as specific to Quebec. Through the course of this study, I situate each of the four films noted above with respect to the sociocultural and economic milieux of production and examine their popular and critical reception. In addition, I provide background on each of the filmmakers as well as on the authors of the pertinent source texts in order to situate the adaptations within Quebec’s literary and cinematic narrative traditions. Furthermore, as Simoneau, Pool and Baillargeon are known for their controversial and innovative representations of gender and sexuality, I examine this aspect of each of these adaptations in-depth.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The Ohio State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:pool lea simoneau yves baillargeon paule a corps perdu les fous de bassan le sexe des etoiles


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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