What is it about?

The paper is about how the post-apocalyptic environment in fiction is created through a body experienced as degraded and deformed. I analyze a large corpus of French-written and Latin American works, that shows the links between apocalypse and post-apocalypse. The works studied are the following: Aridjis, Homero. El último Adán [The Last Adam]. (Mexico, 1986) Chevillard, Éric. Choir (France, 2010) Engel, Vincent. La Vie oubliée [Forgotten Life] (Belgium, 1998) Harpman, Jacqueline. Moi qui n'ai pas connu les hommes (Belgium, 1995) Merle, Robert. Malevil (France, 1972) Pinedo, Rafael. Plop (Argentina, 2004)

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Why is it important?

Post-apocalyptic fictions are rising in so many forms today. They arise from the fears of catastrophe that surround us all at present, and make us question how we can re-humanize the world even if the apocalypse has not come (yet).


This is perhaps my favorite paper, the one I enjoyed most writing. It shows how many authors imagined the post-apocalypse and how the characters try to re-create humanity after the catastrophe. Somehow, it gives me hope.

Dr Laurence Pagacz
Universite catholique de Louvain

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This page is a summary of: Le corps dans les post-apocalypses : décréation et recréation, January 2021, OpenEdition,
DOI: 10.4000/books.ugaeditions.25398.
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