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Betty, Louis

Works: 4 works in 15 publications in 1 language and 749 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PQ2668.O77, 843.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Louis Betty
Without God : Michel Houellebecq and materialist horror by Louis Betty( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Addresses the religious, metaphysical, and existential dimensions of French novelist Michel Houellebecq's work. Argues that Houellebecq is the foremost contemporary chronicler of the spiritual anxieties of Western and specifically French modernity"--Provided by publisher
Michel Houellebecq's 'Materialist Horror Stories': A Study in the Death of God( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : This article examines Michel Houellebecq's work from a point of view that most scholars have yet to consider: its religious, metaphysical and existential concerns. I first argue that Houellebecq's novels are in large part an exploration of the psycho-social consequences of materialism. I then go on to discuss three vectors of 'materialist horror' that Houellebecq evokes: the body, nature and space. I also suggest a lineage between the 'horror' elements of Houellebecq's fiction and the writing of H.P. Lovecraft and Blaise Pascal. Finally, I point out that Houellebecq's vision of a materialistic and post-religious Europe is more polemical fantasy than reality, as extant measures of European religiosity are higher than one might assume from a reading of Houellebecq's novels
Swinger, Bi, Trans, Zoo, S & M--Just Not Old!1 Sexual Charity in the Novels of Michel Houellebecq( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

ABSTRACT: This article examines issues of sexual inequality, charity, and utopia in the novels of Michel Houellebecq and situates them within similar discourses in the French tradition, notably within the works of Fourier, de la Bretonne, and de Sade. I trace a genealogy in French thinking about sexual inequality and utopia and note its recent expression in Houellebecq's novels, arguing that Houellebecq's work calls attention to the problem of arbitrary embodiment
Houellebecq, philosophe : reading Michel Houellebecq as philosophy, theology, and ideology by Louis Betty( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Since the publication of The Elementary Particles in 1998, the work of Michel Houellebecq has continued to be the subject of intellectual, artistic, and legal controversy. Houellebecq has flouted twentieth-century French (and especially structuralist) conceptions of the author as "pure aesthetician," preferring instead to use his stance as a novelist to expound philosophical and scientific theory, social observation and criticism, and ideological polemic relating to capitalism, Islam, and the future of religion in a highly secularized France. While few scholars have addressed the religious and theological dimensions of Houellebecq's work, this dissertation offers broad and in-depth treatment of Houellebecquian perspectives on New Religious Movements, nineteenth-century French Utopianism and positivism, Philosophy of Mind and Transhumanism, Islam and Laïcité, and the decline of European Christian Civilization, as well as discusses the work of a wide range of intellectual figures and movements from both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Auguste Comte, Arthur Schopenhauer, Claude-Henri de Saint-Simon, Charles Fourier, Rodney Stark, Émile Durkheim, Raymond Aron, Jerry Fodor, Marcel Gauchet, Logical Positivism, Spiritism, Analytic Philosophy, Secularization Theory, and Quantum Physics. Also addressed are the stakes involved in reading Houellebecq from a specifically American perspective. While religious studies departments in France are non-existent (apart from private facultés de théologie), in the U.S., scholarly interest in religion (not to mention interest in and commitment to religion among the public) allows the researcher ample opportunity to approach literature as an expression, discussion, and depiction of religiosity. This dissertation argues that a full scholarly and intellectual appreciation of Houellebecq's work requires a transatlantic--and specifically American--reading. If France has not yet grasped the full significance of Houellebecq's fiction, this is due not only to French laical ideologies and policies, which consign religion to the private sphere, but also to scholars who have yet to incorporate a thorough discussion of religion into their treatment of Houellebecq's work
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Audience level: 0.12 (from 0.12 for Without Go ... to 0.88 for Swinger, B ...)

Alternative Names
Betty, Louis Robert.

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