Dr Deborah Walker-Morrison is Senior Lecturer and Head of French at the University of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. She completed a joint PhD with the University of Auckland and l’Université de Paris VIII, in 2001. She has taught and published on both French and New Zealand cinema and is co-author of a book on the Franco-American relationship as evidenced through French film noir and fiction (French and American Noir: Dark Crossings, Palgrave 2009, with Alistair Rolls).2012 0-7734-2630-2
This text tracks changes in French critical theory on the topic of subjectivity and analyzes how these theoretical developments apply to the films of Alain Resnais. It claims that the purpose of Resnais’ oeuvre is the transition from modernist tendencies towards absolute mastery and control, to postmodern, deconstructionist movements towards a de-centered storyline and subject.