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Title: The queer circulation of objects in the films of Céline Sciamma
Author(s): Johnston, Cristina
Keywords: Visual Arts and Performing Arts
Issue Date: 7-Sep-2021
Date Deposited: 8-Oct-2021
Citation: Johnston C (2021) The queer circulation of objects in the films of Céline Sciamma. French Screen Studies.
Abstract: The ground-breaking director Céline Sciamma observes that her films are often obsessed with the circulation of objects. This article analyses the forms this circulation takes across Sciamma’s first four films (Naissance des pieuvres, Tomboy, Bande de filles and Portrait de la jeune fille en feu), as well as the significance of the objects themselves. Building on insights offered by scholars who have examined Sciamma’s work as an example of a cinema of feminist embodiment and materiality, this article charts new territory by examining the queer ethics of Sciamma’s cinema not through analysis of bodies and embodiment but through the objects that enable, facilitate and nurture the ‘being-in-the-world’ of those bodies and embodiments. From apple cores to green dresses, chewing gum to necklaces, this article will centre on forms of circulation, transmission and exchange of objects, not as detached, inanimate, post-human things in the world but as objects whose presence and whose circulation between characters serve to bring together marginalised bodies in solidaristic relationships fostered through queer economies of exchange.
DOI Link: 10.1080/26438941.2021.1956717
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
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