Marie Redonnet: resistance, barbarism, and self‐satisfied contemplation

Ruth Cruickshank

in Fin de millénaire French Fiction

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199571758
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721793 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

Marie Redonnet: resistance, barbarism, and self‐satisfied contemplation

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This chapter assesses how Redonnet's fin de millénaire prose fictions represent market‐driven violence (physical and symbolic) and the mass media (press, television, cinema, and the Internet). It shows how they invite the questions of French co‐implication in atrocities, and, via Adorno, of how bearing witness to the Holocaust risks, as does Redonnet, co‐implication and self‐satisfied contemplation. Benjamin is brought to bear in the analysis of Redonnet's evocation of the critical potential inherent in the production and reproduction of works of art. Discussion of implicit critiques of the contemporary literary field and of écriture féminine lead to the examination of Redonnet's challenges to contemporary conceptions of postmodern barbarism (her description of Houellebecq), women, and women's writing. The chapter concludes by identifying how her narrative strategies of resistance do not achieve their aim of making a travesty of homogenized manipulations of crisis, but are nonetheless a critical work in progress.

Keywords: Redonnet; co‐implication; Adorno; Benjamin; Holocaust, écriture feminine; women's writing; market‐driven violence; postmodern barbarism; work in progress

Chapter.  17083 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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