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2015

Michèle A. Schaal

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Claire Legendre’S Portrait Of Hypermodern Society, Michèle A. Schaal Mar 2015

Claire Legendre’S Portrait Of Hypermodern Society, Michèle A. Schaal

Michèle A. Schaal

Theorists from various academic disciplines believe Western society has entered an age of excess and exacerbated modernity: all areas of life are affected by a will to be or do more at an always faster pace. This article focuses on French writer Claire Legendre’s literary translation of hypermodernity, especially in her narratives published over the past decade. First, it examines her portrayal of contemporary individuality, marked by all sorts of excesses and especially by the imperative to make the most of oneself and one’s life. This ideal being in itself excessive, her characters resort to extreme behaviors. However ...