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France in FluxSpace, Territory and Contemporary Culture$
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Ari J. Blatt and Edward Welch

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941787

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941787.001.0001

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Les Revenants, Tignes, and the Return of Post-war Modernisation

Les Revenants, Tignes, and the Return of Post-war Modernisation

(p.141) Chapter Six Les Revenants, Tignes, and the Return of Post-war Modernisation
France in Flux

Catherine E. Clark

Brian R. Jacobson

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reads the French television hit Les Revenants (The Returned, Canal+, 2012-2015) as a parable of the uneasy legacy of France’s “Trente glorieuses,” the period of rapid economic growth that followed World War II. Situating the show’s fictional city and its story of failing dams in the history of the real dam that inspired it—the dam that displaced the village of Tignes in 1952—the chapter argues that Les Revenants encourages us to re-think the Trente glorieuses and its long-term effects and to ask both what became of the projects that defined these years and what has re-emerged from the shadows of their glories—from failing infrastructure and a police surveillance state to the environmental consequences now associated with the Anthropocene.

Keywords:   Les Revenants, French television, Infrastructure, Environment, “Trente glorieuses”

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