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La transgression dans l'œuvre de David Cronenberg

Abstract : Entirely built around the issue of transgression, Cronenberg's work, by exposing behaviors considered as deviant, as well as modes of sexuality going against normative models proper to mainstream culture, seems difficult to categorize. Both inside and outside the Hollywood system, the director of The Fly plays with the most hackneyed generic codes to offer a real alternative. From his beginnings in underground cinema, with works such as Stereo and Crimes of the Future, to his most 'mainstream' films, such as Eastern Promises, the filmmaker has always diverted the expectations of its spectators. However, Cronenberg's transgression is not just about portraying violence and sexuality, it is also a major structural element that allows it to keep a certain singularity while avoiding repetition. Although, David Cronenberg gradually detached himself from the genre of "body horror", as we will see throughout this study, he has always been interested in the same themes that affect the body, mind, family or even science. By going so far as to adapt literary works deemed unadaptable (Naked Lunch, Crash and Cosmopolis), the filmmaker also exposed his desire to abolish the boundaries between the arts. Cronenberg gives his work a hybrid character that metaphorize the innumerable mutant bodies that populate his films by mixing his personal obsessions with those of other artists. This study will be structured around the four major forms of transgression that constitute his work: morality, body, reality and cinema. It will be necessary to show that the transgression, far from being a mere artifice, is the essential component of a work that has never ceased to be deconstructed to better reinvent itself.
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Fabien Demangeot. La transgression dans l'œuvre de David Cronenberg. Art et histoire de l'art. Université Panthéon-Sorbonne - Paris I, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018PA01H302⟩. ⟨tel-02049302⟩

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