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Maps and territories : global positioning in the contemporary French novel

Author: Joshua Armstrong, (Professor of French)
Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2019.
Series: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 61.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The rapidity of postwar globalization and the structural changes it has brought to both social and spatial aspects of everyday life has meant, in France as elsewhere, the destabilizing of senses of place, identity, and belonging, as once familiar, local environments are increasingly de-localized and made porous to global trends and planetary preoccupations. <i>Maps and Territories</i> identifies such  Read more...
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Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Armstrong, (Professor of French)
ISBN: 9781786942760 1786942763
OCLC Number: 1198312568
Description: 1 online resource (1 recurso electrónico (viii, 238 p.)).
Contents: IntroductionI. Watching the World Go ByChapter One: Absolute Clarity: Michel Houellebecq's La carte et le territoireChapter Two: Derive psychose geographique: Chloe Delaume's J'habite dans la televisionII. Getting Up to SpeedChapter Three: Planetary Ambitions: Lydie Salvayre's Portrait de l'ecrivain en animal domestiqueChapter Four: Decalage Permanent: Jean-Philippe Toussaint's FuirIII. Falling Through the CracksChapter Five: A Tale of Two Frances: Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex TrilogyChapter Six: Deep Derive: Philippe Vasset's La conjurationIV. Making RoomChapter Seven: Asymmetrical Tactics: Jean Rolin's OrmuzChapter Eight: Sense of Planet: Marie Darrieussecq's Le paysConclusionWorks Cited
Series Title: Contemporary French and francophone cultures, 61.
Responsibility: Joshua Armstrong.

Abstract:

The rapidity of postwar globalization and the structural changes it has brought to both social and spatial aspects of everyday life has meant, in France as elsewhere, the destabilizing of senses of place, identity, and belonging, as once familiar, local environments are increasingly de-localized and made porous to global trends and planetary preoccupations. <i>Maps and Territories</i> identifies such preoccupations as a fundamental underlying impetus for the contemporary French novel. Indeed, like France itself, the protagonists of its best fiction are constantly called upon to renegotiate their identity in order to maintain any sense of belonging within the troubled territories they call home. <i>Maps and Territories</i> reads today's French novel for how it re-maps such territories, and for how it positions its protagonists vis-à-vis the pressures of globalization, uncovering previously unseen affinities amongst, and offering fresh readings of-and offering exciting new perspectives on-a diverse set of authors: namely, Michel Houellebecq, Chloé Delaume, Lydie Salvayre, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Virginie Despentes, Philippe Vasset, Jean Rolin, and Marie Darrieussecq. In the process, it sets the literary works into dialogue with a range of today's most influential theorists of postmodernity and globalization, including Paul Virilio, Marc Augé, Peter Sloterdijk, Bruno Latour, Fredric Jameson, Edward Casey, David Harvey, and Ursula K. Heise.

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