“Hiroshima mon amour” and “Cache”: Collapse of Private and Public Domain

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This paper proposes interdisciplinary approach to the study of Humanities. It argues for the importance of literature and film and their inclusion in the curriculum. For us, the speaking subjects, language is the most obvious tool for communication. Surely, many of us, every day complain about the inadequacy of language to express everything we desire. Could language of literature and film make up for the limitations of human language? My paper will try to make a case for the positive answer of this question.

I argue that history of humanities is neither a public history nor a private one. Instead, it emerges out of close interaction between public and private and its strong impact on the make up of every single one of us. Scientific knowledge keeps on addressing facts and numbers which are the knowledge of the body. And yet, the speaking subject is more than just a body. What disciplines then, address those aspects of us which are not measurable by scientific knowledge?

My paper addresses a novel and a film as case studies and tools to exemplify my point. Also, my paper is strongly grounded in critical theory. At the end of my paper I make a call for a more rigorous communication between disciplines and departments of the academia.


Keywords: Language(s), Literature, Film
Stream: Literature, Literary Studies
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Hiroshima mon amour and Cache


Sevinc Turkkan

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

My research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to nation, immigration, and identity. My literatures are British and German 20th century literatures and my research languages are Bulgarian and Turkish. I have a minor in cinema studies and critical theory.

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