9780271074092-0271074094-Without God (Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror)

Without God (Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror)

ISBN-13: 9780271074092
ISBN-10: 0271074094
Edition: 1
Author: Betty, Louis
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Format: Paperback 176 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780271074092
ISBN-10: 0271074094
Edition: 1
Author: Betty, Louis
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Format: Paperback 176 pages

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Acknowledged authors Betty, Louis wrote Without God (Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror) comprising 176 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0271074094 and 9780271074092. Since then Without God (Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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Michel Houellebecq is France’s most famous and controversial living novelist. Since his first novel in 1994, Houellebecq’s work has been called pornographic, racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and vulgar. His caricature appeared on the cover of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, the day that Islamist militants killed twelve people in an attack on their offices and also the day that his most recent novel, Soumission—the story of France in 2022 under a Muslim president—appeared in bookstores. Without God uses religion as a lens to examine how Houellebecq gives voice to the underside of the progressive ethos that has animated French and Western social, political, and religious thought since the 1960s.

Focusing on Houellebecq’s complicated relationship with religion, Louis Betty shows that the novelist, who is at best agnostic, “is a deeply and unavoidably religious writer.” In exploring the religious, theological, and philosophical aspects of Houellebecq’s work, Betty situates the author within the broader context of a French and Anglo-American history of ideas—ideas such as utopian socialism, the sociology of secularization, and quantum physics. Materialism, Betty contends, is the true destroyer of human intimacy and spirituality in Houellebecq’s work; the prevailing worldview it conveys is one of nihilism and hedonism in a postmodern, post-Christian Europe. In Betty’s analysis, “materialist horror” emerges as a philosophical and aesthetic concept that describes and amplifies contemporary moral and social decadence in Houellebecq’s fiction.

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