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作者 Granger Remy, Maud
書名 The posthuman novel
國際標準書號 9780542877582
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說明 461 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 67-09, Section: A, page: 3392
Adviser: Richard Sieburth
Thesis (Ph.D.)--New York University, 2006
Through a comparative analysis of the novels of two French writers (Houellebecq, Dantec), and two Americans (Ellis and Gibson), this dissertation attempts to define the transnational literary genre that I call "the posthuman novel"
This new trend in the novel exceeds the traditional commercial distinctions between genre fictions: Science Fiction, Crime novels, Thrillers. The posthuman novelists are children of the media-age. Their abilities to use and abuse media coverage makes them experts in the orchestration of various scandals, and these various "affairs" illustrate the evolution of the status of literature at the mass media age, and the position of the writer, between intellectual "engagement" and star system
First we will observe how these texts can be defined ideologically as discourses of the endings. End of the world and apocalyptic aesthetics: the posthuman novels build a temporality of imminence. Generally the posthuman writers are testifying to the loss of those modern conceptions of man, space and time inspired by transcendence and ideals, end of man and death of the character, the posthuman age is the defeat of the individual. But also end of the novels: as their end illustrate a problematic relationship with utopia
This pessimistic discourse is elaborated through a highly satirical style, which reveals the prophetic stance of these writers. This destructive gesture is accomplished through violence and provocation. We will then analyze stylistically the use of satiric techniques. Satire as a moral position, linked to prophecy, but also as a narrative technique which reveals the mutations of language. The posthuman novel makes the global language audible
These linguistic mutations give way to a generic redefinition of the novel. The intervention of phenomena such as simulation and massification question the generic limits of the texts. Virtual spaces question the fictional space, tourism questions the construction of the plot, the gothic pattern contributes to the derealisation of these fictions. In fact, the posthuman writers build the model of a disincarnated novel---a novel which has freed itself of the limits of realism, but has also lost touch with the flesh. Those narratives obsessed by the "actual", are loosing sight of the "living"
School code: 0146
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 67-09A
主題 Literature, Comparative
Literature, Romance
Literature, Canadian (English)
Literature, American
Alt Author New York University
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