L’infrahumain et le suprahumain dans Frontieres ou Tableaux d’Amérique de Noël Audet

Title in English Infrahuman and Suprahuman in Noël Audet’s Frontieres ou Tableaux d’Amérique


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Homme nouveau, homme ancien. Autour des figures émergentes et disparaissantes de l'humain
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Quebec novel; Noël Audet; human limits; disappearing and emerging figures of the human
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Description Noël Audet’s novel Frontieres ou Tableaux d’Amérique (1995) is inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The composition, shaped in tema con variazioni, serves as a pattern for a north-south course across the Americas (Kuujjuaq, Montreal, Chaplin, New York, Miami, Ciudad de México, Rio de Janeiro) and through the elements determining or illustrating the human condition (ice, wool, earth, fire, water, air, blood). The metaphorical border, which is that of the scandal of death, highlights the disappearing and emerging figures of the human. The desire for immortality and the challenging limits take different appearances: they are infrahuman and almost animal in the midst of polar ice, suprahuman in modern cities where science and technology instigate Promethean ambitions.
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