O pravilnoj upotrebi distopijskih prostora : Catherine Mavrikakis, Christian Guay- Poliquin i David Calvo

Title in English Good use of dystopian spaces : Catherine Mavrikakis, Christian Guay-Poliquin and David Calvo


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Književna smotra
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

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Keywords Quebec literature; dystopian narratives; spatiality; Catherine Mavrikakis; Christian Guay-Poliquin; David Calvo
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Description In Quebec literature, dystopias seem to be an extension of apocalyptic narratives. Several common points are noticeable: a vision of the end of time; an axiology that oscillates between evil, redemption and salvation; an inquiry about the relationship between the individual and the social. However, the function- ing of cultural memory and the role of the “actual world” are different from apocalyptic narratives. The fact is indicated by several recent dystopian novels: Oscar de Profundis (2016) by Catherine Mavrikakis, a kind of rewrite of Joris-Karl Huysmans' A rebours;, a cyberpunk dysto- pia, inspired among others by David Cronenberg's Le Fil des kilometres (2013) and Le Poids de la neige (2017) by Christian Guay-Poliquin, a diptych opposing the road novel to the roman du terroir; Toxoplasma (2017) by David Calvo films. The comparison will focus on spatiality, which exploits the specifically Québécois and Canadian con- notations and whose organization and meaning seem to outweigh temporality. Mavrikakis's aestheticization of Montréal space, Calvo's mythologization of the city of Montréal and Guay-Poliquin's theologiz- ing transcendence of landscape and nature seem to offer three distinct aspects of the specificity of Québec dystopias.
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