Virginie Despentes, King Kong Théorie

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“I write from the realms of the ugly, for the ugly”, states Virginie Despentes in the opening line of

King Kong théorie


King Kong Theory

, 2009 and 2020; Despentes 2020, 13). With its frank, confrontational tone and emphasis on Despentes’s first-person perspective, this line sets the scene for the text to come.

King Kong théorie

is a generically hybrid work that mobilises Despentes’s own experience as a springboard for reflection on topics such as gender, sex work, pornography, rape, and masculinity. It provides an “origin story” for Despentes herself, as well as making a polemical intervention into feminist discourse. Prior to the publication of

King Kong théorie

, Despentes was best known for her scandalous debut novel



Rape Me

, 2003) and for the…

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Citation: Pugh, Alexandra. "King Kong Théorie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 November 2022 [, accessed 17 April 2024.]

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