Clara Bradbury-Rance (University of Manchester)

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As part of the Sociology Open Research series 2014-15, Clara Bradbury-Rance will be talking about queer adolescence in contemporary cinema. What makes adolescence an intriguing site of desire is to do with what makes the child strange and the adolescent even stranger: positioned in a space and time of in-between-ness, exploring desire but unable to name it. The scene of adolescence allows for desire between young women to be staged but not constrained by the coherence of a pre-constructed identity. While contemporary films such as Pariah (Dee Rees, 2011), Circumstance (Maryam Keshavarz, 2011) and Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013) might be understood through the conventions of the ‘coming of age’ narrative, my discussion of them in this paper moves beyond the teleological semantics of that genre. The paper considers queerness and adolescence together, not just as arbitrary qualifiers but as metaphors for each other’s contradictory and almost indefinable states of being. In this way, the paper points to a queer sweep across contemporary lesbian cinema delivered and complicated by the disorientations of adolescent desire.

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