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Fin de millénaire French FictionThe Aesthetics of Crisis$
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Ruth Cruickshank

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571758.001.0001

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(p.257) Conclusion
Fin de millénaire French Fiction

Ruth Cruickshank (Contributor Webpage)

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Noting their prescience regarding 9/11 and the 21st‐century crisis of global capitalism, the Conclusion shows how the texts analysed afford critical purchase on the global market, and on French co‐implication in it. It argues that by exploring the enduring potential of the turning point, Angot, Echenoz, Houellebecq, and Redonnet evidence an implicit commitment to literary agency. The conclusion then identifies how these writers intersect and diverge in reflecting, perpetuating, and challenging the misogyny and symbolic violence of the mass media and global market. Fin de millénaire prose fiction is established as both problematic and problematizing, inviting and begging the question of how literature may challenge dominant discourses and represent or shape the future. The aesthetics of crisis of fin de millénaire prose fictions, then, demonstrate both the need to intervene in political and ethical questions and the enduring agency — critical and creative—of literature.

Keywords:   9/11, 21st century, crisis of global capitalism, agency, misogyny, symbolic violence, prescience, fin de millénaire prose fiction, political, creative

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