Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair

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    Widely acknowledged as an important, if highly controversial, figure in contemporary literature, French novelist and poet Michel Houellebecq has elicited diverse critical responses. In this book Carole Sweeney examines his novels as a response to the advance of neoliberalism into all areas of affective human life. This historicizing study argues that le monde houellebecquien is an `atomised society' of banal quotidian alienation populated by quietly resentful men who are the botched subjects of late-capitalism. Addressing Houellebecq's handling of the `failure' of the radical thought of `68, Sweeney looks at the ways in which his fiction treats feminism, the decline of religion and the family, as well as the obsolescence of French `theory' and the Sartrean notion of `engaged' literature. Reading the world with the disappointed idealism of a contemporary moralist, Houellebecq's novels, Sweeney argues, fluctuate between despair for the world as it is and a limp utopian hope for a post-humanity.

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    Number of Pages: 224
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780826422620
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    Listed in: From c 1900 -, Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
    Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation

    Books by Carole Sweeney

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