Journal of European Studies

Journal of European Studies is a magazine specializing in Social Science topics.

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1-2, March-June

A-Religion *
This article attends to the film's re-reading of Melville in terms of a presentation of an a-religious religion. The film's display of beauty and its engagement with both the sufficiency and vulnerability of this beauty is seen to partake of a philosophical...
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Forms of Beauty: Moving beyond Desire in Bersani/Dutoit and Beau Travail
This article approaches Claire Denis's film Beau Travail by way, first, of a passage in Alan Hollinghurst's novel The Folding Star; then, more extensively, of the theoretical and art-critical writings of Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit--especially their...
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From the Universal to the Cosmic: The Surroundings of Beau Travail
This article is in two parts, where the first part offers a reading of the film in terms of an inversion of genre. This de-centring inversion of genre is extended to an inversion of generality and universality, and it is further envisaged that the...
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Good Work, Little Soldier: Text and Pretext
This article reads the relation between Denis's Beau Travail and Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film Le Petit Soldat as a film-on-film variant of film-on-book adaptation. The model informing this reading is not so much intertextual as pretextual. The principal...
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Interview with Claire Denis, 2000 *
What motivated your Beau Travail project, beyond the idea of a fiction set in a strange land? I don't know. I remember that Rivette once said that there were unhappy films. Beau Travail was unhappy. You can never tell, perhaps in ten years, I will...
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Introduction
A work This special issue of JES is unusual in being a collection of essays about a single film: not a revered classic, but a recent work by the French director Claire Denis. Beau Travail (1998) was Denis's eighth film but, after Chocolat (1988),...
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Love of the Soldier: Citizenship, Belonging and Exclusion in Beau Travail
This paper examines belonging and non-belonging as set out in Claire Denis's Beau Travail, in the context of the Enlightenment ideal of citizenship and the historical development of the Foreign Legion. Inclusion and exclusion are also treated in terms...
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'O Heave! O Heave Away, Heave! O Heave!' Working through the Author in Beau Travail
This article argues that the full significance of Beau Travail only becomes clear if it is placed within both the history of Denis's evolving commentary on the film and its specific auteur context: that is to say, as a fully assumed intervention by...
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On the Margins of Beau Travail
Placing myself on the margins of Beau Travail and inspired by the montage technique used by Claire Denis, in this article I juxtapose scenes from the film with extracts from other texts to suggest an intertextual reading which explores the manner in...
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Solid Cinema: Claire Denis's Strange Solidarities
What forms can solidarity take in the least solid of the plastic arts? Claire Denis asks this question in the images of the human body's solidity in her films and, more specifically, in her discussions of Beau Travail. Projecting thoughts onto a pair...
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The Weight of the Here and Now: Conversation with Claire Denis, 2001
[Claire Denis began] I was pleasantly surprised to discover the text that Jean-Luc Nancy dedicated to Beau Travail, even if in the ordering of his sentences, in the functioning of the text, it is not quite the same chronology as that of the making...
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