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Sapphism on Screen: Lesbian Desire in French and Francophone Cinema

Lucille Cairns


This book sets out to investigate and theorise mediations of lesbian desire in a substantial corpus of films (spanning the period 1936–2002) by male and female directors working in France and also in French-speaking parts of Belgium, Canada, Switzerland and Africa. The corpus is unique and represents a valuable tool. A fair number of the eighty-nine texts treated are mainstream films that have achieved high critical acclaim and/or high viewing figures: to cite just a few examples, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Quai des orfevres (1947), Louis Malle's Milou en mai (1989), Claude Chabrol's La Ceremonie ... More

Keywords: lesbian desire, France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, Africa, Henri-George Clouzot, Louis Malle, Claude Chabrol, Andre Techine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748621651
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621651.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucille Cairns, author