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The haptic moment: Sparring with Paolo Conte in Ozon's 5×2

Powrie, P (2008) The haptic moment: Sparring with Paolo Conte in Ozon's 5×2 Paragraph, 31 (2). 206 - 222. ISSN 0264-8334

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Abstract

This article is a close analysis of a popular song by the Italian singer-songwriter Paolo Conte, ‘Sparring Partner’, in Ozon's film 5x2 (2004). With particular reference to what Barthes called the ‘grain’ of the voice, the article shows how the song does not work anempathetically, cutting across characters and narrative and undermining them; nor does it work empathetically to support the characters or reflect their emotions in a straightforward way. Rather, the song creates a complex haptic moment, where affect and gender fluidity combine to form a ‘haptic metaspace’; this acts as a frame for productively unstable embodiments, marked by nomadic transitions and volatilities, focused on the male of the couple.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Powrie P. (2008). The haptic moment: Sparring with Paolo Conte in Ozon's '5x2' (Francois Ozon). PARAGRAPH 31(2):206-222. Copyright 2008 Edinburgh University Press. Available online at: http://www.euppublishing.com/toc/para/31/2
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > School of Arts > Dance, Film and Theatre
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 09:44
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:09
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/192451

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