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Isha Pearce

PhD in French Studies, Faculty of Arts


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Responses to post-Fordist spatial reorganization in the works of Michael Haneke, Michel Houellebecq, and Marie NDiaye.

Research Summary

Regardless of differences in cultural form, political stance and gender, the works of filmmaker Michael Haneke and writers Michel Houellebecq and Marie NDiaye consistently represent the configuration of contemporary space as being inescapably destructive and damaging. The particular reasons for this all appear to be associated with the spatio-social changes stemming from the shift from Fordism to post-Fordism beginning in the mid-70s in France, and which have continued or intensified over the last forty years. I will look more closely at the ways in which the auteurs represent these spatial changes linked with economic and cultural shifts using close textual analysis of key extracts and drawing on a body of literature from different fields that looks at the interaction between space and national economic practices, some of which characterize post-Fordism as having notable spatial consequences, in particular Henri Lefebvre's La Production de l'espace (1974) and David Harvey's The Condition of Postmodernity: The Origins of Cultural Change (1991). These texts will contribute to interpretation of my findings, whilst the analysis of the texts themselves will illuminate how the spatiality of post-Fordism is being explored in literature and film. This will give insight into: the different ways in which contemporary space is experienced; the relationship between economic practices and space; and finally a trend of spatially reactionary novels and films denouncing state spatial violence that is occurring in the French-speaking cultural landscape.

Research Interests

Contemporary French literature, French film, theories of space and place, cultural geography, postmodernism, the spatial turn.

Research Supervisors

Associate Professor Jeremy Lane

Professor Judith Still

Primary Funding Source

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Academic history

  • MA Francophone and Postcolonial Studies, University of Nottingham
  • BA French and German, King's College London

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