Marguerite Duras and the Master Image

McAuliffe, Sam. 2018. 'Marguerite Duras and the Master Image'. In: Film-Philosophy 2018. University of Gothenberg, Sweden. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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“Now it’s the image that I want to affect, to diminish. I’m at the point of envisaging a master image [une image passe-partout], which could be indefinitely superimposed on a series of texts, an image that would have no meaning in itself, that would be neither beautiful nor ugly, which would take its meaning only from the text that passes over it.”

What does the model of representation envisaged by Duras here tell us about the relation between text and image, writing and cinema? This paper will seek to establish a context for the paradoxes which structure Duras’s image passe-partout, encompassing the work of Blanchot, Deleuze and Julien Gracq.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


Marguerite Duras, Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, Julien Gracq, Image, Cinema

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Visual Cultures


3 July 2018Accepted
3 July 2018Published

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University of Gothenberg, Sweden

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Date Deposited:

09 Nov 2018 12:53

Last Modified:

12 Nov 2018 18:14


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