The Resource Michel Houellebecq and the literature of despair, by Carole Sweeney

Michel Houellebecq and the literature of despair, by Carole Sweeney

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Michel Houellebecq and the literature of despair
Title
Michel Houellebecq and the literature of despair
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by Carole Sweeney
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 Satrean notion of 'engaged' literature. Offering a series of close readings of the novels, this book considers the quasi-sociological aesthetics of Houellebecq's writing with its anti-psychologism and rejection of poststructuralist textuality. Reading the world with the disappointed idealism of a contemporary moralist, his novels, Sweeney argues, fluctuate between despair for the world as it is and a limp utopian hope for a post- humanity"--
  • "A critical study of the work of the French novelist Michel Houellebecq"--
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Sweeney, Carole
Dewey number
843/.914
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ2668.O77
LC item number
Z87 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Continuum Literary Studies
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Houellebecq, Michel
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / General
  • Houellebecq, Michel
  • Despair in literature
  • Houellebecq, Michel
  • Despair in literature
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Michel Houellebecq and the literature of despair, by Carole Sweeney
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Reception : notes on two scandals -- 2. The extension of the domain of the struggle : the third spirit of capitalism -- 3. (Bad) subjects of neoliberalism -- 4. Liquidating the sixties -- 5. Sex : 'a second system' -- 6. The end of affect
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 215 p.
Isbn
9780826422620
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013029970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)657603609
  • (OCoLC)ocn657603609
Label
Michel Houellebecq and the literature of despair, by Carole Sweeney
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Reception : notes on two scandals -- 2. The extension of the domain of the struggle : the third spirit of capitalism -- 3. (Bad) subjects of neoliberalism -- 4. Liquidating the sixties -- 5. Sex : 'a second system' -- 6. The end of affect
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xx, 215 p.
Isbn
9780826422620
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013029970
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)657603609
  • (OCoLC)ocn657603609

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