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De la cochonnerie chez Irvine Welsh

Abstract : Considering Irvine Welsh's five novels (Trainspotting, The Acid House, Ecstasy, Marabou Stork Nightmares and Filth), the author studies the symbolism of pigs and swines and the role of language in a literature which feeds on mess and excreta. In the light of Arthur Schopenhauer's philosophy, the study then questions the artistic value of contemporary works often labelled as "trash literature." The author also suggests a gay reading of sexual representation in heterosexual discourses. Last, the heterology programme initiated by Georges Bataille as a sort of intellectual scatology in the early thirties, will serve as a critical frame aimed at exposing the various degrees of obscenity present in such ultra-realistic novels.
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Didier Girard. De la cochonnerie chez Irvine Welsh. Études britanniques contemporaines - Revue de la Société dʼétudes anglaises contemporaines, Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2001, pp.17-33. ⟨halshs-02568998⟩



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