Without God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror by Louis BettyWithout God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror by Louis Betty

Without God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror

byLouis Betty

Hardcover | June 7, 2016

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$94.95

Earn 475 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

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.

About The Author

Louis Betty is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. Louis Betty is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater.
The Lights and the Beautiful Lady
The Lights and the Beautiful Lady

by Louis Guenther

$0.00

Available for download

Not available in stores

Bariatric Surgery Patients: A Nutritional Guide
Bariatric Surgery Patients: A Nutritional Guide

by Betty Wedman-St Louis

$106.59$133.16

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:Without God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist HorrorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:June 7, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271074086

ISBN - 13:9780271074085

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Without God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror

Reviews

Extra Content

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION: THE HOUELLEBECQUIAN WORLDVIEW

Materialist Horror and the Question of Capitalism

Chapter Summaries

Houellebecq as Character: A Brief Consideration

CHAPTER ONE: MATERIALISM AND SECULARISM

Houellebecquian Materialism: A Qualified Case?

Quantum Uncertainties

Lifting the Sacred Canopy

Materialism and Suicide: Logical Consequences of the Death of God

Materialist Horror and Moral Secularization

CHAPTER TWO: THE FUTURE OF RELIGION

The Return of Religion

Can a Cloning Cult Be a Religion?

Elohimism, Islam, and the Question of Religious Discipline

CHAPTER THREE: RELIGION AND UTOPIA

The Fresh Ruins of France

Abandoned Utopias

CHAPTER FOUR: MATERIALIST HORROR

Dangerous Credibility

Lovecraft, Pascal, Houellebecq

CHAPTER FIVE: LIBERALISM IS GOD AND THE WEST IS ITS PROPHET

The Modern Western Woman: A 200-Year Disaster in the Making

As Goes France, So Goes François

A Conversion au conditionnel

Reaction, Romanticism, or Something Else?

NOTES

WORKS CITED

INDEX

Editorial Reviews

“A superb book.”

—Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal