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This research focuses on the investigation of the interlacement among the topics: post-modernity, capitalism, civilization, identity, schizophrenia and some examples of the contemporary literature production, mainly that which concerns the contemporary man as a result of the twentieth century. This literature is represented here by Extensão do domínio da luta (HOUELLEBECQ, 1994/2004), first novel of Michel Houellebecq, which is the analysis corpus of this research. The other Houellebecq’s novels: Partículas elementares (1998/1999), Plataforma (2001/2002) and A possibilidade de uma ilha (2005/2006) are explored as concept reinforcers because they work as extensive universes in which the ideas of Extensão do domínio da luta appear. Firstly, there is a discussion about our contemporary world. This discussion is supported by the theories o...
This research places the contemporary literature as the mirror which reflects the radicality of the capitalist system in the post-modernity whose representative event is the attack on the World Trade Center among several other terrorist attacks. Five novels published after the terrorist attack on the United States in 2001 which bring the topic of terrorism on their plot are analyzed: Windows on the world by Frédéric Beigbeder (2005), Terroristas do milênio by James Graham Ballard (2005), O atentado by Yasmina Khadra (2006), Extremely loud and incredibly close by Jonathan Safran Foer (2006), O Paraíso é bem bacana by André Sant’Anna (2006). The novels were chosen out of twenty-two others which also bring the same topic. Their authors have five different nationalities: French, English, Algerian, American and Brazilian, respectively. Beyo...
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