The Ecological Vision of J.M.G. Le Clézio

Bronwen Martin publie chez Peter Lang un nouvel essai intitulé « The Ecological Vision of J.M.G. Le Clézio ».

Quatrième de couverture : This book presents a close reading of four texts by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, guided by Gilles Deleuze’s concept of metamorphosis, «becoming-animal». In his critique of anthropocentrism and Western reason, Le Clézio dismantles the opposition between mind and matter, language and life, developing Henri Bergson’s notion of the living, «le vivant». A philosophical and ecological role is accorded poetic, sensorial expression, which is the means of communication between the multiple forms of life. For instance, the protagonist may become a bird: in their flight they form intercultural relations calling to mind the texts of Édouard Glissant and Patrick Chamoiseau. Importantly, Le Clézio never divorces the poetic from the socio-political. The text Bitna, sous le ciel de Séoul, for example, unfolds against the background of the war between North and South Korea. Through the figure of the war-traumatised homeless Algerian, Béchir, The Story of Dodo emerges as one of the most powerful critics of nationalism and capitalism ever written.

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