March 17-20, 2016
Northeast Modern Language Association
NeMLA French Literature after the Houellebecq Years
In 1998, Michel Houellebecq confirmed his promising debut, "Whatever", by publishing "Elementary Particles", arguably the fin de siècle masterpiece France had been seeking. With it ended the last derivations of the Nouveau Roman.
At the core of his writing, dark realism evidenced the disenchantment seeping in Western civilization. His depiction of the 1968, his harsh critiques of feminism, as well as other unresolvable aspects of his texts, were deemed disturbing.