Self-projection in film
The Last of England and The Garden
in Luminous presence
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Chapter 6 relates Jarman's life-writing to his self-representations in films through two experimental feature films: The Last of England and The Garden. These experimental works act as a queer practice of survival, building narrative and providing political contestation through juxtaposition, and changing perception through the combination of often highly personal images. This technique of commingling images becomes important for Jarman, his audiences, and his readership, a way of reactivating or appropriating discourses from sources as diverse as Anglo-Saxon and medieval poetry, and images of domesticity in post-war Britain. The discussion of The Garden introduces the thematic urgency of the physical effects of HIV/AIDS on Jarman’s body and on his self-representations.

Luminous presence

Derek Jarman’s life-writing

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