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Beyond Return: Genre and Cultural Politics in Contemporary French Fiction

Lucas Hollister


Beyond Return examines how popular literary forms have been politicized or could be productively repoliticized in the literary period that we have called the contemporary (roughly: since 1980). In the aftermath of the efflorescence of experimental literature and theory that characterized the Trente Glorieuses (1945-75), ‘contemporary’ French literature is often said to embrace more traditional or readable novelistic forms. This rejection of the radical aesthetics of mid-century French literature, this rehabilitation of fictional forms that have been called sub-literary, regressive, or outdated ... More

Keywords: French Literature, Contemporary, Genre, Noir, Mystery, Dystopian Fiction, Littérature-monde, Jean Echenoz, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Antoine Volodine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781786942180
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786942180.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucas Hollister, author