Hiroshima mon amour and Cache: Collapse of Private and Public Domains

By Sevinc Turkkan.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper utilizes two films, Hiroshima mon amour and Cache, to demonstrate how voice-over and the eye of the camera in narrative film capture those moments when the domains of private and public collapse. I argue that human
condition is neither a public matter nor a private one. Rather, it is the result and emerges out of close interaction between the public and the private domains. It is often that, and as these two films demonstrate, the private and the every day are under constant surveillance of the public. These two domains are not as clear cut and separable as scientific knowledge tends to argue.
Scientific knowledge defends the facts of numbers and of the quantifiable, which are the knowledge of the matter. Yet, we, the speaking subjects, are more than just a matter. It is the language of narrative film and the eye of
the camera that reveals those moments, which escape the quantifiable and the numerical and reinstates the value of the Humanities.

Keywords: Public, Private, Cinema, Eye of the Camera, Voice-over, Psychoanalytic Theory, Lacan, Hiroshima mon amour, Cache

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.93-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.062MB).

Sevinc Turkkan

Graduate Student, Program in Comparative and World Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in the program of Comparative and World Literature. I specialize in 20th century British and German literatures, modern Turkish literature, and cinema studies. My research interests are globalization, multilingualism, literary translation, gender and translation theory. Currently, I am working on my dissertation “From a Writer to his Translators: Orhan Pamuk’s Novels and their Translational Journey in English and German.”

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