Discussion Queer Café
Michael Matthew Kaylor
Death as Device: For a Lost Soldier in the Classical Tradition
Greco-Roman iconography abounds in imagery of the dying youth, whether his death was initiatory (the boy reborn into the man) or tragic (the boy not fated to live into adulthood). Such imagery was profoundly martial and pedagogical, and nostalgic for the transitory. In the Dutch film For a Lost Soldier (1994), directed by Roeland Kerbosch, such iconography is inverted through tracing it from the boy’s coming-of-age perspective, with the departure of the Canadian soldier serving to validate why the death of the character, even if it is only symbolic, is a vital aesthetic device.
BRNO: 4.11. | 16:00 | Café Sausalito, Veveří 10