Erotic Space,Habitus, Film, and Theatre.

David Hammerbeck

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The cinematic works of Bernardo Bertolucci, as well as the theatre
of Sarah Kane, often feature the creation of an erotic space. In this paper I examine Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, and Sarah Kane’s Cleansed
in order to define how each of these works constructs a cinematic or theatrical
space where the erotic comes to the forefront, destabilizing character and/or
societal norms in the process. Drawing on theories concerning the body and space as social and political constructs from the work of Pierre Bourdieu and his thoughts concerning habitus, I maintain that Kane, and Bertolucci succeed in creating erotic space(s) that exist outside of societal norms. My focus on the erotic in these works, additionally, will explore mise en scène in order to highlight how the erotic is fashioned within the particular confines of each work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Erotic in Culture
Place of PublicationOxfordshire, UK
PublisherInterDisciplinary Press
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Nov 11 2013

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