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Jean Echenoz's involuntary postmodernism


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Koščec, Marinko. (2013). Jean Echenoz's involuntary postmodernism. Umjetnost riječi : časopis za znanost o književnosti, 57(1-2). pp. 139-164. ISSN 0503-1853

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Although the novelist Jean Echenoz rejects the postmodernist label, the study aims to demonstrate that his writing relies on numerous characteristics of postmodern poetics, and that it stages the key symptoms of the postmodern epoch. The convergence of the narrative and stylistic techniques with the referential and the ontological dimensions of the text are examined in the author’s ironic or parodic approach to the traditional prose forms and modernist goals, in his playful treatment of the linguistic material, events and characters. Special attention is dedicated to the role and depiction of space, human body and some items of paradigmatic value for the world of technology and spectacle. Postmodernist characteristics are also considered in the cinematographic aspects of Echenoz’s writing, in its metanarrative and autoreferential accents.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: French literature, Jean Echenoz, postmodernism, nouveau roman, collage, irony, body, space representation of space, Thirdspace (Edward Soja), geocriticism theatre audience, creative process
Subjects: Romance languages and literatures > French language and literature
Departments: Department of Roman Languages and Literature
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 18:22
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2018 18:22

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