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Maps and Territories: Global Positioning in the Contemporary French Novel

Joshua Armstrong


The rapidity of postwar globalization and the structural changes it has brought to both social and spatial aspects of everyday life have 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 ide ... More

Keywords: Spatial turn, Globalization, Michel Houellebecq, Virginie Despentes, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Bruno Latour, Paul Virilio, Geocriticism, Contemporary French Novel, Media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781786942012
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786942012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua Armstrong, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison