By Welch, Edward; Barnet, Marie-Claire
'Famille, je vous ai (encore et toujours a l'esprit?), je vous aime un peu, beaucoup, ou je vous hais enormement?' What are households like in modern France? And what starts off to emerge once we examine them from the viewpoint of contemporary theoretical views: (faulty) solidarity, (fake) coherence, (carefully deliberate or subversive) deconstruction, loss (of love, self belief or credibility), or, even (utter) chaos and (alarming) confusion? Which media revamp outdated stereotypes, generate substitute reinterpretations, and suggest extra ambiguous solutions? What photographs, scenes or frames stand out in modern representations of the kin? Uneasy contradictions and ambiguities emerge during this bilingual choice of ways and style stories. The kinfolk plot turns out to thicken as family members ties seem to loosen. Has 'the relations' been misplaced from sight, or is it being reinvented in our collective imaginary? This booklet proposes a brand new sequence of views and questions about an previous and 'familiar' subject, exploring the kingdom and standing of the relatives in modern literature, tradition, severe and psychoanalytic conception and sociology
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Instead, this moment of unusually intense introspection situates the 26 Hirsch, Family Frames, pp. 1-15. Family Frames, p. 9. 28 Ibid. , p. 11. 27 Figuring out the Family 51 father as the object of five looks: that of his daughter and his wife who secretly view him from behind, and the three looks he casts on himself through the angled panels of the mirror. Cultural norms of the father as the head of the bourgeois household are undermined by his replicated weeping image. Furthermore, the daughter sees the mother’s illicit look upon the father and thus obtains an insight into the disharmony of parental relations.
Dislocation is inscribed and repeated at every level, made all the more salient by attempts to counter it. These works are thus albums of family failure which negate the project of family belonging they pursue. Indeed the titles of two of them, Nobécourt’s Nous and Ndiaye’s En famille, are ironic announcements of their overall project. Across my chosen texts I explore features such as failing constructions of family history, discordant as opposed to consensual memory, spectres and secrets, failing constructions of domestic space as family space, the family photograph as negative metaphor, and ineffectual uses of kinship terminology.
19 Darrieussecq first speaks of a ‘trou noir’ at the centre of her writing in interview with Antoine de Gaudemar, ‘Darrieussecq, du cochon au volatil’, Libération (Livres), 26 February 1998, pp. i-iii (p. iii). 20 Le Wita, Ni vue ni connue, p. 149. Figuring out the Family 45 itself to itself coherently through word or image. This chief mechanism of family cohesion is rendered inoperable not solely because the putrefied body of Pierre can have no place in it, but because family members each have different understandings of the family tree.
Affaires de famille : the family in contemporary French culture and theory by Welch, Edward; Barnet, Marie-Claire