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27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

From the Depths to the Surface and Back: An Analysis of Amer
Event Hours: 29/09/2023 (12:45)
Location: Concert Hall [H]
Guillaume Collett
Keywords: Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Gilles Deleuze, psychoanalysis, cinema, Lewis Carroll

This paper examines Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's neo-giallo film Amer (2009), through a psychoanalytic lens that employs the conceptual toolkit of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. This paper argues that Amer conceptually functions according to the precise psycho-sexual categories that Deleuze unearthed in Lewis Carroll's fiction in his 1969 work Logic of Sense. In the film, we follow the character's ascent from the 'depths' of early infancy to the 'surfaces' of early adolescence and early adulthood, concluding with an eventual collapse back into the depths of psychic horror. The second part of the paper focuses on the technologies of cinema and literature as they relate to the psychoanalytic analysis of trauma.

Guillaume Collett

Guillaume Collett's research focuses on the works of Deleuze and Guattari as well as on social and political thought more broadly. He is the author of the monograph The Psychoanalysis of Sense: Deleuze and the Lacanian School (2016, Edinburgh University Press) and editor of the book Deleuze, Guattari, and the Problem of Transdisciplinarity (2019, Bloomsbury). He has co-edited several journal issues including for Deleuze Studies (2012) and was formerly co-editor of the journal La Deleuziana (2015-2021).


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