Disloyal Oppositions: Reflections on ‘The Favourite.’

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I’m giving a short talk at the upcoming Movie Mania event, hosted by the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute: a screening of Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2018 award-winning movie The Favourite on Saturday, Nov 23rd, 4 pm, at White Hall 203 on the Emory University campus. You can find a trailer for the movie here.

Likened to a punk Restoration dark comedy, Yorgos Lanthimos’s film, The Favourite, features the triad familiar to psychoanalytic theory. But instead of the Oedipal triangle where the father holds the whip, here is a triangle of women acting out their sado-masochistic fantasies: Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough; Abigail, the Baroness Masham; and Anne, the Queen of three nations vying for their own resolutions, England, Scotland, and Ireland. From the music to the costumes, to the cinematography, the film overflows with envy, seduction, torment, and rivalry. But who is seducing whom? And is there any resolution to be had from this triangle?

The Goodrich C White Hall is located at 301 Dowman Dr. Atlanta, GA 30322. The location is wheelchair-accessible, and there is plenty of free parking available on campus. Take a look at these webpages for more detailed parking information:



The screening is free and open to everyone. Please forward information about this interactive event to your friends, colleagues and family!Questions? Write to samia.vasa@emory.edu or stephanie.koziej@emory.edu.

By Noelle McAfee

I am professor of philosophy at Emory University and editor of the Kettering Review. My latest book, Fear of Breakdown: Politics and Psychoanalysis, explores what is behind the upsurge of virulent nationalism and intransigent politics across the world today. My other writings include Democracy and the Political Unconscious; Habermas, Kristeva, and Citizenship; Julia Kristeva; and numerous articles and book chapters. Edited volumes include Standing with the Public: the Humanities and Democratic Practice and a special issue of the philosophy journal Hypatia on feminist engagements in democratic theory. I am also the author of the entry on feminist political philosophy in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and well into my next book project on democratic public life.

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