Infection, postcolonialism and somatechnics in Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day (2002)

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This article discusses the representation of the discourse of monstrosity in Claire Denis's 2002 film Trouble Every Day. In reference to the western world's fixation on the figure of the monstrous, Meyda Yegenoglu states that ‘It is as if in order to proclaim its humanity, the West needed to create its others as slaves and monsters’. In Trouble Every Day the discourse of postcolonialism becomes entwined in the representation and physical embodiment of monstrosity and the abject body. Using the bodies of her actors, Denis explores how the post- and neo-colonial moment renders a presentation of the body trapped in this discourse of racism and inequality as tortured and tormented – cybernetic in its blending of organic and inorganic entities.

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