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Screening Youth

Contemporary French and Francophone Cinema

Edited by Romain Chareyron, Gilles Viennot

Hardback (Forthcoming)

Explores how the topic of 'youth' has inspired Francophone filmmakers to explore and reinvent common tropes associated with young people

Youth has been represented on screen for decades and has informed many directors’ visual, narrative and social perspectives, but there has not been a body of work addressing the richness and complexity of this topic in a French and Francophone context. This volume offers new insights into the works of emerging and well-established directors alike, who all chose to place youth at the heart of their narrative and aesthetic concerns.

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1. Disparate Lives: Representations of Youth in French and Francophone Cinema; Romain Chareyron and Gilles Viennot

2. Un vrai ‘teen film’ français? The Contemporary Adolescent Genre in French Cinema; Gemma Edney

3. Youth and Gender Panic in Ma Vie en rose and Tomboy; Jeri English

4. Bargaining the Body: Love, Death and Rites of Passage in Three Films by François Ozon; Ericka Knudson

5. Repetition and Difference: The Representation of Youth in the Films of Céline Sciamma; Karine Chevalier

6. Mia Hansen-Løve, Postfeminism in France, and the Melancholic Girl; Fiona Handyside

7. Frames of Desire and Otherness: Queer Adolescents Caught In-Between France and the Maghreb; Walter S. Temple

8. 'A Child of the Ruins': Youthful Disaffection and the 'Making Of' the Terrorist; Maria Flood

9. ‘Envole-moi’: Gender and Representations of the ‘banlieue’ in Abd Al Malik’s Qu’Allah bénisse la France and Sylvie Ohayon’s Papa Was Not a Rolling Stone; Jocelyn A. Wright

10. (Re)Framing Youth and Identity in the Classroom in Être et avoir and Entre les murs; Aubrey Korneta

11. Young Love and Everyday Freedom: Abdellatif Kechiche’s La Faute à Voltaire and La Vie d’Adèle; Kathryn Chaffee

12. Anthem for (Doomed) Youth: War, AIDS, and the Queer Autobiographical Cinema of André Téchiné; Claire Boyle

13. The Kids are Alright, aren’t They? Depicting Youth and Friendship in L’Auberge espagnole (2002), Les Poupées russes (2005) and Casse-tête chinois (2013); Ben McCann

14. Catherine Breillat’s Maiden trilogy; Juliette Feyel

15. Dismembering and remembering childhood in Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin (2014); Elizabeth Geary Keohane


About the Author

Romain Chareyron is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Before coming to Saskatoon, he held teaching positions at the University of Kansas and Washington State University. Romain’s areas of study include: the representation of gender and sexuality in contemporary French cinema; the reworking of the genres of horror and pornography; the connections between auteur cinema and societal issues, such as immigration, racism and poverty.

Gilles Viennot is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the University of Arkansas. His areas of study include: contemporary French literature (with an emphasis on Michel Houellebecq); the connections between neoliberalism, technology and family; as well as cinema and TV shows.


Chareyron and Viennot have gathered an impressive array of perceptive essays in this unique examination of films about youth in France and Francophone countries. They illuminate a diverse range of adolescent roles across historical and cultural conditions, providing an exceptional appreciation for how children are depicted across class settings, sexual identities, racial tensions, family dynamics, and adult politics.

- Professor Timothy Shary, Eastern Florida State College

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