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Title: The interiority of the unknown woman in film
Author: Turner, David
ISNI:       0000 0001 3538 2035
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2007
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Is film an appropriate medium for the expression of interiority? Can it provide the means for exploring the notion of an 'inner' life? If so, how are such expressions and explorations achieved? And which aspects of the medium do they discover and exploit? This thesis attempts to answer these questions through the close and sustained examination of a selection of films that feature the figure of the 'unknown woman'. Part One establishes the critical and philosophical foundations of the thesis, which involves a discussion of Stanley Cavell's concept of the 'unknown woman', the philosophical background to that concept, and a consideration of its usefulness to the study of interiority in film. The films discussed at length in connection with these matters are Psycho (1960), All I Desire (1953), Stella Dallas (1937) and In a Lonely Place (1950). Each of the chapters in Part Two is devoted to a particular film's expression of an unknown woman's interiority. These chapters identify how interiority is characterised (e.g. as 'conflicted,' 'opaque,' 'performed'), and how the concept of interiority is explored, in the films in question: Mouchette (1967), Le Rayon Vert (1986), Voyage to Italy (1953), L'avventura (1960), Persona (1966), Belle de Jour (1967), and Merci pour Ie Chocolat (2000).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: N Visual Arts