115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gendering Madness: Representations of "Female Madness" in Contemporary French and Francophone Film and Literature

Session Chair: 
Nathalie Segeral, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
Session 10: Sunday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 202


  1. Keegan Medrano, San Francisco State University
    This presentation centers the female characters in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 film Week-End as a way to confront the violence of French bourgeois femininity. The planned patricide for wealth and cannibalism represent the consumption of male bodies through killing and eating and the desire to gain wealth conditioned through the capitalist system. 
  2. Laurie Tomchak, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Recent reworkings of Camille Claudel's story show how hard it is to see her, either as a sculptor of genius or as a muse and mistress of the more famous Rodin.  An existence as an unattached but impure woman, a sculptor not only of female but of male nudes, consigned her to the madhouse. The different treatments of her life in 1988's "Camille Claudel" and 2013's "Camille Claudel 2015" try to take the focus away from her collaboration with Rodin, but the visual nature of film relies on two different treatments of nudity to depict her fate.
  3. Nathalie Segeral, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper addresses representations of sexuality, “feminine” madness and gendered violence through the male gaze in two novels and their screen adaptations. Both plots revolve around post-traumatic stress disorder resulting in deviant sexuality. While the articulation of female madness with “perverted” sexuality is not a new one, it has become increasingly used over the last decade through scenes of female genital auto-mutilation, pointing to an extension of Freudian “hysteria,” displaced from the uterus to the visual parts of the female sex. 
Session Cancelled: