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Author Armstrong, Joshua (Professor of French), author.

Title Maps and territories : global positioning in the contemporary French novel / Joshua Armstrong.

Publication Info. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2019.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 238 pages) : illustrations
Series Contemporary French and francophone cultures ; 61
Contemporary French and francophone cultures ; 61.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index.
Contents Part I. Watching the world go by: 1. Absolute clarity: Michel Houellebecq's La carte et le territoire; 2. Dérive psychose géographique: Chloé Delaume's J'habite dans la télévision -- Part II. Getting up to speed: 3. Planetary ambitions: Lydie Salvayre's Portrait de l'écrivain en animal domestique; 4. Décalage permanent: Jean-Philippe Toussaint's Fuir -- Part III. Falling through the cracks: 5. A tale of two Frances: Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex Trilogy; 6. Deep dérive: Philippe Vasset's La conjuration -- Part IV. Making room: 7. Asymmetrical tactics: Jean Rolin's Ormuz; 8. Sense of planet: Marie Darrieussecq's Le pays.
Summary 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. Maps and Territories 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. Maps and Territories 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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Subject Houellebecq, Michel. Carte et le territoire.
Delaume, Chloé, 1973- J'habite dans la télévision.
Salvayre, Lydie. Portrait de l'écrivain en animal domestique.
Toussaint, Jean-Philippe. Fuir.
Despentes, Virginie, 1969- Vernon subutex.
Vasset, Philippe, 1972- Conjuration.
Rolin, Jean. Ormuz.
Darrieussecq, Marie. Pays.
French fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
French fiction -- 21st century -- History and criticism.
Criticism -- France.
French literature -- History and criticism.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Semiotics & Theory.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- French.
French fiction.
French literature.
Chronological Term 1900-2099
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Armstrong, Joshua (Professor of French). Maps and territories. Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2019 1786942011 (OCoLC)1055459143
ISBN 9781786942760 (electronic bk.)
1786942763 (electronic bk.)