Animal Dystopia in Marie Darrieussecq’s Novel Truismes
AbstractThe article focuses on the contemporary French author Marie Darrieussecq’s dystopian novel, Truismes (1996), that contemplates the differential boundaries between human and non-human existence within the scope of contemporary Western metaphysics. The novel challenges the anthropocentric conception of dystopia on the grounds that it is not only a human dystopia; the story centres on a female protagonist whose body begins to turn into a sow. In the novel’s dystopian reality, non-human nature has only capitalistic value in relation to human needs, which has caused a large-scale ecological crisis. For the heroine, the dystopian cityscape is the antagonist that she struggles against; the story represents the sow-woman looking for a better place to live. By giving a narrative voice to an animal, Darrieussecq’s novel urges the reader to identify with the non-human world. The article aims to come to an understanding of the agency beyond the human species. Further, it argues that agency constitutes an entanglement of intra-acting agencies; it is not an attribute of (human) subject or (non-human) object as they do not pre-exist as such separately. Consequently, human and non-human agencies are related to one another; humans are not only affecting the non-human world, but they affect each other in a very profound way. In this, the article contributes to the ongoing interrogation of human relations with non-human agency that is being actively conducted in contemporary Western scientific discourse. The concept of agency also allows participation in discussion about the current ecological crisis. View Full-Text
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Koponen, P. Animal Dystopia in Marie Darrieussecq’s Novel Truismes. Humanities 2017, 6, 65.
Koponen P. Animal Dystopia in Marie Darrieussecq’s Novel Truismes. Humanities. 2017; 6(3):65.Chicago/Turabian Style
Koponen, Päivi. 2017. "Animal Dystopia in Marie Darrieussecq’s Novel Truismes." Humanities 6, no. 3: 65.
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