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I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing. I. Introduction A. Mermaid T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”—“In the room, the ladies come and go, talking of Michaelangelos.” Fairy tales---In between two worlds Lesbian association. B. I’ve Heard Mermaids Singing Mermaids---

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i ve heard the mermaids singing

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing

I. Introduction

A. Mermaid

T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”—“In the room, the ladies come and go, talking of Michaelangelos.”

Fairy tales---In between two worlds

Lesbian association

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B. I’ve Heard Mermaids Singing
  • Mermaids---

reflecting the three meanings as above

  • Process of self-assertion
ii features of the film
II. Features of the film

A. The meaning of names

  • Polly
  • Gabrielle
  • Mary
  • Church Gallery

B. Theme Music---

Lakme“The Flower Duet”

C. Shooting Style---

Film camera & Video Camera

iii female artists in the city
III. Female Artists in the City

A. Polly

  • Social Position---Misfit
    • The Japanese Restaurant
    • Birthday Party
    • Typing
    • Distraction---Organizationally Impaired
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Sexual Interests
    • Discovering homosexuality
    • Peeping the Love-making couple
    • Posing in front of the mirrors in public
  • Artist Identity---as a photographer
    • Interaction between the photoed objects and the viewer C.F. Pierre in”Straight for the Heart”
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B. Gabrielle
  • Dressing style
  • Artistic judgment
  • Role in the event

C. Mary

  • artistic judgment
iv polly s fantasies
IV. Polly’s Fantasies

A. Flying in the air

  • Climb and overcome power structure
  • Flying—surpass social constrain

B. Walking on the water

  • Religious symbol
  • Desire
    • social manner
    • her speech
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C. Tour on the bus
  • City Space
  • Artistic

D. Being a conductor of symphony

  • Fantasy merge with reality
  • Difference from other fantasy
    • studio/church gallery
    • conduct the music
    • success
v conclusion
V. Conclusion

A. Reality V.S. Fantasy

B. Process of self-assertion

C. The symbolic meaning of the door

D. Polly’s “peeping” desire