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Shaking up the Reader

Narrative Perspective and Vincent Message’s Ecological Fiction

Author(s): Anna Maziarczyk
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Vincent Message; ecology; narrative perspective; unnatural narration; contemporary novel
Summary/Abstract: To highlight ecological issues, the contemporary novel seeks new ways of telling a story and, for example, turns to exploitation of an unusual narrative perspective. This is the case of Vincent Message’s "Défaite des maîtres et possesseurs", where the narration is provided by an alien, representing a society that colonizes our planet and reduces humans to the role of beasts. Drawing on theories of unnatural storytelling and reflections on ecological questions, this article explores how this logically impossible storytelling works in favor of nature.

  • Page Range: 42-51
  • Page Count: 10
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: French