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Les marines des écrivains belges
Seascapes in Belgian Literature

Author(s): Christophe Meurée
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: ecofiction; ecological concern; seascape; Belgian literature; contemporary fiction; André-Marcel Adamek; François Emmanuel; Jean-Philippe Toussaint
Summary/Abstract: Is nowadays every narrative an ecofiction? From now on, the ecological concern seems to have become a true stereotype in Western contemporary literature, reflecting global emergency and its inherent feeling of imminent catastrophe. This paper aims at showing how this concern emerges in what appears to be anecdotal descriptions of the sea in Belgian literature, through three different literary works: André-Marcel Adamek, François Emmanuel and Jean-Philippe Toussaint. The paper will thus try to analyse why seascapes carry such a strong ecological concern and why they seem to be essential to the narrative structure of each one of those authors’ works.

  • Page Range: 75-86
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: French