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Artmaking in the Age of Global CapitalismVisual Practices, Philosophy, Politics$
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Jan Bryant

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456944.001.0001

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Claire Denis – The Intruder

Claire Denis – The Intruder

(p.112) 9 Claire Denis – The Intruder
Artmaking in the Age of Global Capitalism

Jan Bryant

Edinburgh University Press

An extended essay on Claire Denis’ L’Intrus acts as a companion piece to the chapter on Frances Barrett. Dealing with similar themes of care, hospitality, and feminism, it expands on an aspect that sat at the edges of Curator, the questioning of received ontological boundaries or defining categories. Denis covers both formerly and conceptually a taxonomy of borders, which are both physical and psychological. Her source material, Jean Luc Nancy’s essay about his heart transplant, is considered in relation to the way Denis produces a moving image work from a philosophical text, with particular concern for her treatment of narrative to produce bodily sensation. The ‘Other’ or figure of the stranger is pitted against the disintegrating power of patriarchy referenced in Denis’ casting of the actor, Michel Subor, who appears in L’Intrus and Beau Travail (1999) as well as Jean Luc Godard’s Petite Soldat (1955). [145]

Keywords:   Narrative, Sensation, Beauty, Patriarchy, Borders, Strangers, Jean-Luc Nancy, Michel Subor

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