French Minority Cinema

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Through the prisms of ethnicity, gender, and sexuality, French Minority Cinema explores key questions of identity and social interaction in the context of republican France, across two significant ‘minority’ cinemas: cinéma de banlieue and gay cinema. It offers the first comprehensive parallel study of these two bodies of film and their inter-relations, examining issues of national cinema and identity and the problematic status of minorities within the contemporary Republic. Against a backdrop of political and media debates on the PACS, parity, the affaire du voile and the French principle of laïcité, banlieue youth dissatisfaction, and gay parenting, French Minority Cinema charts the negotiatory discourse that has emerged through, and around, a core corpus of films released over the past two decades. This study will be of interest to scholars and students alike, working in the fields of French, Film, and Gay and Lesbian/Queer Studies.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Minorities: Numerical and Theoretical
Negotiatory Intersections: The Centrality of the Spoken Word
Why Banlieue and Gay Cinema?
Key Film Texts: La Haine and Les Nuits fauves
Minorities in the Republic
Dialogue, Mediation, Negotiation
Ethnicity: From bleu , blanc , rouge to black , blanc , beur …and back again
Hexagone, La Haine, Raï and La Squale
Ethnic Identity Construction Mediated Through Conflict
Categories of Conflict: Banlieue vs. the Republic?
Discursive Position and Narrative Voice
Silencing the Beur Voice
Intergenerational Verbal Conflict
Genders and discourse
Gender and the Republic: Parity, the PACS and the Symbolic Order
Gazon maudit, Douce France, Ma 6-T va crack-er and Belle Maman
Parent-Child Verbal Relations
Gender Subversion
Bilingual Mothers and Disappointed Fathers: Parent-Child Verbal Exchanges in Banlieue Cinema
Family Insults and Sacralised Filiation
Sexualities
From Sexuality to Sexualities: ‘Straight’forward Republicanism?
Pédale douce, Le Ciel, les oiseaux… et ta mère, Le Derrière and Drôle de Félix
Blurring the Boundaries
Heterosexuality in Banlieue Films
Prejudice within Sexualities
Ambiguity, Assertion, Disclosure
Conclusion
Challenges to the French Republican Model
Negotiatory Discourse Emerging From Within
Works Cited and Consulted
Filmography
Index

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