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ERIC Number: EJ1166296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
"I Am Tired from All of These Feelings": Narrating Suffering in the Film "Sick"
Božic-Vrbancic, Senka; Kokanovic, Renata; Kupsjak, Jelena
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v17 n1 p69-83 Feb 2018
This article explores "the politics of sentimentality" with specific reference to the documentary film "Sick," which represents the narrative of a young lesbian woman, Ana, who was confined in a psychiatric hospital in Croatia and "treated" for her homosexuality. We consider the ways our most intimate emotional relationships and states, such as pain and suffering, articulate with a wider context of familial citizenship and critically examine the political limits of compassion within the sentimentalised public sphere. In this analysis, we problematise the film's emotional logic, which presents an individualised narrative resolution at the expense of dwelling on the political question of institutional violence. We examine the role that politics of sentimentality plays in neutralising the film's political critique of the state apparatuses (psychiatry and family) that enforce heterosexual norms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia
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