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'Le feu est de retour dans la vallée': the noir landscapes of deindustrialization in Lorraine

Raboin, T; (2020) 'Le feu est de retour dans la vallée': the noir landscapes of deindustrialization in Lorraine. Forum for Modern Language Studies , 56 (3) pp. 313-330. 10.1093/fmls/cqaa019.

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Abstract

The region of Lorraine is often seen as paradigmatic of the social problems arising from deindustrialization in France. Noir novels set in the region offer rich re-imaginings of the landscapes of deindustrialization, both geographical and social. This article examines what noir aesthetics do to these landscapes, studying a corpus of novels from four writers. In the first section, the article looks at how the novels engage with deindustrialization through ruins and natural environments. In the second section, the article examines how Dominique Manotti’s Lorraine Connection critiques the policies of reindustrialization implemented in the region since the late 1980s. The article concludes with an analysis of how noir genre conventions allow the novels to critique the cruel optimism of reindustrialization.

Type: Article
Title: 'Le feu est de retour dans la vallée': the noir landscapes of deindustrialization in Lorraine
DOI: 10.1093/fmls/cqaa019
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqaa019
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10094548
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