Both at the Same Time: Irigaray, Mother-Daughter Relationships and Stories We Tell
Luce Irigaray is a feminist philosopher of sexual difference who elaborates an ethic of ‘both at the same time’. My research engages with various writings on the mother-daughter relationship from her early work to explore the mother- daughter relationship expressed in Sarah Polley’s film Stories We Tell. Irigaray’s positive af rmation of mothers and daughters who ‘move’ together transvaluates conventional understandings of truth. Using this body of theory this thesis examines the formal techniques and the surrounding discourse of Stories We Tell. Sarah Polley’s indentification with her deceased mother, Diane Polley, is a vital narrative of the film that is too easily missed.
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