Conspiracy Theories, Storytelling and Forgers: Towards a Paradoxical Ethics of Truth in Contemporary European Fiction

Abstract : In postmodern Europe, two phenomena seem to have converged to challenge fiction’s ability to deliver truthful accounts. The renewed popularity of conspiracy theories and the vogue of storytelling as a management tool appear to blur the boundaries between facts and fiction. In response, contemporary interest for factual literature might be the symptom of a “reality hunger” that resorts to nonfiction rather than to fiction to analyze and discuss social evolutions. However, there also emerges in contemporary literature a new fictional trend of falsification novels, narratives dealing with forgers and their forgeries. Such novels are proof that nonfiction is not the only ethical horizon for contemporary literature to deal with the difficult question of the divulgation of truth. Contemporary European falsification novels may well be a prime example of the drive of contemporary fiction to put its relationship to truth back into play. In fact, representing the fabrication of a forgery resorting to storytelling techniques to elaborate a conspiracy theory allows writers to challenge their readers to a playful fictive investigation using an ironic form of veridicity to confer to literature a new ethical dimension, relying on the unveiling of the deeply polysemous nature of reality.
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Lincoln Humanities Journal, In press, Alternative Realities: Myths, Lies, Truths, and Half-Truths, 6
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Loïse Lelevé. Conspiracy Theories, Storytelling and Forgers: Towards a Paradoxical Ethics of Truth in Contemporary European Fiction. Lincoln Humanities Journal, In press, Alternative Realities: Myths, Lies, Truths, and Half-Truths, 6. 〈hal-01867810〉

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