Following the completion of a master’s thesis in littératures de langue française at the Université de Montréal (Materials and literatures of exhaustion), I demonstrate in this paper the need to refer to contemporary literature in order to correctly understand the symbolism of common materials in the XXIth century. François Bon, a contemporary French author, is presented as the creator of a hybrid work of lifeless geography and emotional involvement. In accord with the conclusions of my thesis, I decrypt how authors like Bon have to explore their environments thoroughly to bring their lesser components from invisibility to dominance. The analysis of materials such as concrete and iron in his books encompasses historical, social and political symbolism. The roots of the analysis go back to the texture, capabilities, usage, etc…of the materials. The goal of this paper is to lessen the gap between architecture/design and literature, between reality and fiction.
|Keywords:||French Literature, Materials, Symbols, François Bon, Concrete, Iron|
Graduate Student (PhD), Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (Harvard), Harvard, Cambridge, MA, USA
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