Growing up girl in the hood: On the bruised aesthetic of Girlhood

An Open Seminar from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Wed 13 Nov 19

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    LTB 3

  • Event speaker

    Professor Caroline Bainbridge, University of Roehampton

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Debbie Stewart

Professor Caroline Bainbridge of Roehampton has been invited to give a lecture about the film Girlhood (2014), hosted by Dr. Carolyn Laubender and PPS.

This open seminar is suitable for students or researchers interested in film, race, childhood, gender and psychosocial studies.

Céline Sciamma’s critically acclaimed film, Girlhood, offers a rich and politically nuanced perspective on female subjectivity, social class, gendered and “raced” experience, the bonds of friendship, and sexual identity. Professor Caroline Bainbridge draws on the ideas of Donald Meltzer, Luce Irigaray, and Jack Halberstam to explore the film’s narrative, formal, and stylistic elements, arguing that the ‘bruised aesthetic’ created by Sciamma evokes complex aspects of contemporary feminine experience, providing a timely insight into the entanglement of vulnerability and violence that shapes it. Tracing the trajectory of Marieme/Vic, the film’s protagonist, she identifies ‘gestures of girlhood’ that speak to what Meltzer understands as the ‘girl-gang state of mind’. Bainbridge argues that, in bringing complex and unspeakable emotional pain to the surface, Sciamma’s film queers cinematic narrative and challenges viewers to think anew about what ‘growing up girl’ might mean in a landscape of increasing social inequality and decreasing opportunity.

The Speaker

Caroline Bainbridge is Professor of Culture and Psychoanalysis at Roehampton University. Her books include The cinema of Lars von Trier (2007) and A feminine cinematics (2008), as well as anthologies co-edited with Candida Yates, including Television and psychoanalysis (2013). Together with Yates, she is the series editor of the ‘Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture’ book list published by Routledge. She is also the film section editor of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, a Founding Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and a Research Associate of the Freud Museum in London. She writes and publishes widely on matters of gender, feminism, popular culture, screen media and psychoanalysis.

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