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Politics, Theory, and FilmCritical Encounters with Lars von Trier$
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Bonnie Honig and Lori J. Marso

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600181

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.001.0001

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Lars von Trier and the “Clichés of Our Times”

(p.1) Introduction
Politics, Theory, and Film

Bonnie Honig

Lori J. Marso

Oxford University Press

Lars von Trier is often accused of being clichéd, and sometimes he is. He certainly risks the too-close embrace of cliché in scripting characters for his films. However, von Trier’s films can also be seen as intensifying clichés of gender, power, and politics in ways that ironize them and that may usefully press democratic and feminist theory in new directions, perhaps even releasing us from the ennui that is both the affect of cliché and the affect often associated with the practice of theory today.

Keywords:   Lars von Trier, clichés, ennui, democratic theory, feminist theory

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