An Inter-Modal Construction of Ideational Meaning Analysis and Foucault’s Repressive Hypothesis: A Comparison between the Film and Novel Call Me by Your Name

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SUTHATHIP KHAMRATANA

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This study aimed to employ the framework of inter-modal construction of ideational meaning, as proposed by Unsworth (2006), to compare the instantiations across two different modes of the story ‘Call Me by Your Name’, the novel and its film. The story follows a relationship between two men during a period and culture of repressiveness toward homosexuality. Therefore, Foucault’s repressive hypothesis (1978) is used to interpret the homosexual practices in the story. Three main forms of ideational meaning were found from the comparative analysis: concurrence, complementarity, and connection. These forms of ideational meaning, coupled with Foucault’s repressive hypothesis, help to profoundly explain the homosexual practices in the story, which are thematized into three aspects: fantasy, secrecy, and repression. ‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a contemporary medium conveying the repressed sexual sentiments that may occur in the context of homosexuality.


 

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