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Ecocritics and EcoskepticsA Humanist Reading of Recent French Ecofiction$
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Jonathan F. Krell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789622058

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789622058.001.0001

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Time, Weather, and Waste: Michel Tournier’s Gemini (Les Météores)

Time, Weather, and Waste: Michel Tournier’s Gemini (Les Météores)

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(p.23) Chapter 1 Time, Weather, and Waste: Michel Tournier’s Gemini (Les Météores)
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Ecocritics and Ecoskeptics
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Jonathan F. Krell

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789622058.003.0002

Gemini is the most geographical or spatial of Tournier’s novels. Natural occurrences like weather and tides, and spaces shaped by humans, like gardens and landfills, are key “characters” in the novel. Tides illustrate the double meaning of temps (time and weather), and the intertidal creatures that suffer through low tide are a metaphor for all marginals, especially the disabled and homosexual characters of Gemini. Gardens prove the intimate bond between humans and humus, from the lush gardens of Tunisia to the geothermal gardens of Iceland, to the tiny perfection of the Japanese miniature garden. Finally, towering landfills, alive with rats and gulls, present an infernal mirror of our consumer society, a malignant inversion of homo economicus into homo detritus.

Keywords:   Michel Tournier, Les Météores, tides, gardens, landfills, time, weather, Homo detritus, material ecocriticism

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