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Fin de millénaire French Fiction: The Aesthetics of Crisis

Ruth Cruickshank


The turn of the millennium in France coincided with a number of tangible crises and apocalyptic discourses, with the growth of the mass media and global market, further generating and manipulating crisis. This book contextualizes and studies the work of four influential writers of prose fiction—Angot, Echenoz, Houellebecq, and Redonnet—teasing their responses to this convergence. It suggests that the recurrent fictional and cultural trope of the turning point has both aesthetic and critical potential. Bringing together analyses spanning literature, thought, and culture, the identifies and crit ... More

Keywords: fin de millénaire, crisis, prose fiction, global market economics, angot, echenoz, houellebecq, redonnet

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199571758
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571758.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Cruickshank, author
Senior Lecturer in French, Royal Holloway, University of London
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