Australian Journal of French Studies

Identity and Place in Jean-Claude Izzo's Total Khéops

Australian Journal of French Studies (2012), 49, (3), 241–249.

Abstract

This article analyses the shifting nature and dislocation of identity in Jean-Claude Izzo's Total Khéops, a crime novel set in Marseille. The article shows the layers of identity linked to place at play in the novel (regional, national, global), but concludes that hybrid identity is of greatest importance to Izzo, echoing the ebbs and flows of the sea so dear to his protagonist, Montale. Drawing on Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities and Stuart Hall's "The Question of Cultural Identity", the article posits that the cultural identity of the Mediterranean city as expressed by the novel is one of hybridity and ambivalence (at a time when the French far-right Front National was moving towards a dream based on zero immigration and globalisation was/is aiming at cultural homogenisation).

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Saward, Miriam