University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

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). pp. 206-222.

Text (licence)

Download (33kB)
Powrie 2008 The haptic moment.pdf
Available under License : See the attached licence file.

Download (323kB)


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.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Powrie, P
Date : July 2008
DOI : 10.3366/E0264833408000205
Related URLs :
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:
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 May 2012 09:44
Last Modified : 07 Mar 2019 11:25

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800