Important texts by cultural theorists such as Lyotard, Baudrillard, Levinas and Nancy
will be used to set a theoretical framework for the study of writings and films
by significant contemporary artists. These will include the cinematography of
Kahn, Depardon and Denis, and the texts of Federman, Michon and Toussaint.
This module will start from definitions and characterizations of the postmodern condition
in order to examine a range of French-language theories, texts and films
which in different ways negotiate key questions regarding how we conceive of
community and culture, identity and desire, knowledge and justice.
What does it mean to live in what Lyotard called ‘the postmodern condition’? More particularly, what meanings, values, and identities does this ‘condition’ celebrate or criticize, create or discard? And does this notion adequately conceptualise or envisage the possibilities of contemporary self-representation and the associated projections of otherness?