Campus Units

World Languages and Cultures

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

3-2017

Journal or Book Title

French Review

Volume

90

Issue

3

First Page

87

Last Page

99

Abstract

The first two volumes of Virginie Despentes's trilogy, Vernon Subutex (2015), offer an assessment of the "Generation Mitterrand" and those born during Franyois Mitterrand's presidency (1981- 95). Drawing on sociological and historical studies, this article argues that Vernon Subutex charts the contemporary consequences of the neoliberal turn taken during Mitterrand's era. This socioeconomic context significantly impacted the characters' identities and life paths: while some have benefited from class privileges, others have fallen down the social ladder. As for the younger generation, it has internalized the rules of the neoliberal system.

Comments

This is an article from French Review 90 (2017): 87. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Association of Teachers of French

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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