Soumission ou Révolution : politique-fiction, « fiction » politique, et le pouvoir des mots de Houellebecq et Macron

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Soumission ou Révolution : politique-fiction, « fiction » politique, et le pouvoir des mots de Houellebecq et Macron

Type: Master thesis
Title: Soumission ou Révolution : politique-fiction, « fiction » politique, et le pouvoir des mots de Houellebecq et Macron
Author: Jong, Claudia
Issue Date: 2019-08-30
Keywords: Houellebecq, Soumission, Submission, Macron, Révolution, fiction, politics, politique, performativity, storytelling, narrative, récit, rhétorique, rhetoric, démocratie, République Française, French Republic
Abstract: Fiction – in the hands of powerful men and women – can influence society and politics, directly or indirectly. Although the role of a novelist is different from the role of a politician, they both have responsibilities towards society, especially if they are famous and powerful men like Houellebecq and Macron. The public, citizens in a democracy, also have their responsibility to be active and critical, but may not always be aware of "the art of manipulation". In this age, in which storytelling and "fake news" seem to have more impact (or credibility) than arguments and facts, we might state that the power of skillful writers is more important than ever. In what way are Houellebecq and Macron responsible for (the impact of) their writings, what is the power of their words, and what does this power mean in France today? In this thesis we compare Submission and Revolution, using theories from literature but also from sociology and historiography, notably the concepts of "performativity" and “storytelling”, applicable in several fields. Attentive to their differences, we'll compare a literary and a political book, analysing the use of fiction combined with politics and vice versa.
Supervisor: Schulte Nordholt, Dr. A.E.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Literary Studies (Master)
Specialisation: French literature and culture
ECTS Credits: 20
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/78882
 

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