Maps and Territories: Navigation, Globalization, and Belonging in Contemporary French Fiction

Through close readings of novels by Olivier Rolin, Marie Darrieussecq,  Michel Houellebecq, Chloé Delaume, Lydie Salvayre, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Virginie Despentes, Philippe Vasset, and Jean Rolin, this book seeks to answer the following questions: How do we make sense of and meaningfully map our place within the world-system of accelerated globalization? What forces make this difficult, especially in the context of France? How does contemporary French fiction suggest ways these forces can be overcome? What new forms of belonging consequently emerge, in the ongoing quest to exist meaningfully in an increasingly crowded, complicated, and precarious world?