Narcissistic Subjectivity and Lesbian Orientation of Tomboys: An Analysis of Tomboy Directed by Céline Sciamma
Tomboyism is usually considered as adaptation strategies employed by girls among playmates during games. It is generally believed that tomboys will naturally outgrow their nonconformist gender behaviour when they become adults. This paper analyses the narcissistic subjectivity of Laure in the film Tomboy directed by Céline Sciamma. Borrowing concepts from psychoanalysis and gender theories, this paper attempts to explore Laure’s cross-dressing and cross-gendering as an instance of challenge to the male cantered social order and an authentic articulation of lesbian identity. Laure’s performance opens a site for negotiation with gender roles and heterosexuality. Her inclination towards lesbian identity is seen as her identification with the narcissistic self.