Robert Bresson, the Dardenne Brothers and Performative Realism

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Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2008
Funding: 1274000 SEK


The project is an intermedial and interdisciplinary studie of narrative forms in modern fictionprose and fictionfilm. It is a development of my research on different forms of ”cinematic” narration in litterature. The study concentrates on the concept of indexicality which is a central and debated issue in contemporary research on film. The point of departure is Bresson’s Mouchette (1967) and Luc och Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s Rosetta (1999): two films that are often said to have a lot in common but whose affinities remain unqualified so far. The aim of the study is twofold: to contribute with new knowledge about two major films – that is to clarify the relation between aesthetics and critique of modernity in Mouchette and Rosetta – and to contribute to the theory of intermedial studies. The intermedial and interdisciplinary approach to the concept of indexicality endows the project with a broad and topical relevance. New digital medias, documentary forms of narration (from reality TV to documentaries) as well as different kinds of performancepractices are exemples of areas where indexicality constitutes a keyconcept.

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