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dc.contributor.authorLagerberg, R
dc.contributor.authorMcGregor, A
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-08T00:42:03Z
dc.date.available2021-02-08T00:42:03Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationLagerberg, R. & McGregor, A. (2021). Non-Love in a Non-Place: Liminality and Dislocation in Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless. International Journal of Russian Studies, 10 (1), pp.18-28
dc.identifier.issn2158-7051
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/260499
dc.description.abstractIn this article Andrei Zvyagintsev’s film Loveless (2017) is analysed from the angle of domestic space using the theoretical prism of liminality and non-places. It is argued that, while the concept of home may be defined as private and personal, as opposed to public and impersonal, the domestic space in this film, far from being a comforting and reassuring destination in itself, can be read as liminal, as transitory, as a space ‘in-between’ or, indeed, a space which, ideally, should be a sanctuary, but which is, in fact, vulnerable to external forces. The article also examines Loveless in the light of Marc Augé’s seminal work, Non-places: An Introduction to Supermodernity, in particular the extent to which his theory of non-places may, in certain instances in this supermodern globalised world, be as applicable to the domestic space as it is to the increasingly ubiquitous and liminal public spaces of airports, hotels, shopping centres and other typical non-places. It is demonstrated that, as in Zvyagintsev’s earlier films Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014), Loveless uses a framing technique which highlights the centrality of domestic space in the film. From the outset, the film is concerned with the ‘in-betweenness’ of the characters’ lives, and domestic space plays a key role in this, although it is not consciously sought or coveted by the characters, but rather a consequence of their actions. It is argued that tragedy is not a feature of Loveless: in its place are incomplete transitions, rites of passage awaiting their natural fulfilment. It is this dislocation and liminality which pervades the entire atmosphere of the film and gives it its almost unbearable sense of foreboding.
dc.publisherInternational Journal of Russian Studies
dc.titleNon-Love in a Non-Place: Liminality and Dislocation in Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Loveless
dc.typeJournal Article
melbourne.affiliation.departmentSchool of Languages and Linguistics
melbourne.source.titleInternational Journal of Russian Studies
melbourne.source.volume10
melbourne.source.issue1
melbourne.source.pages18-28
melbourne.elementsid1493637
melbourne.openaccess.urlhttp://www.ijors.net/issue10_1_2021/pdf/__www.ijors.net_issue10_1_2021_article_2_lagerberg_mcGregor.pdf
melbourne.openaccess.statusPublished version
melbourne.contributor.authorLagerberg, Robert
dc.identifier.eissn2158-7051
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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