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Lorraine noir: Didier Daeninckx and the writing of deindustrialisation

Raboin, T; (2020) Lorraine noir: Didier Daeninckx and the writing of deindustrialisation. Contemporary French Civilization , 45 (2) pp. 211-227. 10.3828/cfc.2020.12. Green open access

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Abstract

This article studies Didier Daeninckx as a writer of deindustrialization. In the novelPlay-Back(1986) and in short stories such as “Traverse no 28” (1998), he weaves a multifaceted critique of France as haunted by its industrial past. Daeninckx's first tool is to write a noir history of deindustrialization, thus producing a subaltern history of Lorraine. Reflecting on the uses of memory (and of his own work in that regard), Daeninckx also writes a criticism of the nascent business of industrial heritage. Finally, this article appraises Daeninckx's critique by examining his writing's nostalgia for a lost industrial world, as well as its denunciation of postindustrial subjectivations.

Type: Article
Title: Lorraine noir: Didier Daeninckx and the writing of deindustrialisation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3828/cfc.2020.12
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3828/cfc.2020.12
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/10094549
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