Humanity and its Aftermath
Douglas Morrey is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Jean-Luc Godard (Manchester University Press, 2005) and the co-author of Jacques Rivette (Manchester University Press, 2009).
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Sex and Politics 2. Work and Leisure 3. Science and Religion Conclusion: Humanity and its Aftermath Bibliography Index
Houellebecq is a critically divisive figure in the French literary landscape. Morrey’s study of some of the most provocative aspects of his work is conducted dispassionately and, as such, is not clouded by authorial provocation. As a result, this is an important and enlightening examination of the social dimension of Houellebecq’s novels.
Russell Wiliams French Studies, vol 68, no 1
In 'Michel Houellebecq: Humanity and its Aftermath' Douglas Morrey provides us with a pellucid overview of his oeuvre: his influences, his themes, his hopes.
Michel Houellebecq is a thoughtful overview of the writer’s corpus to date, paying attention not only to the major novels but also his poetry and essays (many of which have not been translated into English). And, …this is a valuable resource for Houellebecq’s English-language readership, covering a great deal of the French critical commentary around his work as well as offering a careful interpretation of an author who sometimes seems to enjoy making it difficult for readers to take him seriously.
Size: 239 × 163 mm
Publication: March 19, 2013
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 25