La Poursuite de l'impossible: The ambivalence of Utopia in the novels of Michel Houellebecq
AffiliationSchool of Languages and Linguistics
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusThis item is embargoed and will be available on 2020-11-05.
© 2018 Dr Francoise Campbell
This thesis investigates the ambivalent nature of utopian representation in the novels of Michel Houellebecq. Moving beyond previous definitions of Houellebecq’s utopias as either utopian, dystopian, or anti-utopian, it engages with critical utopian theory to propose a new method for the reading of ambivalence across four key aspects of Houellebecq’s utopian representation: space, rhetoric, ideology, and form. As such, this thesis proposes that Houellebecq’s utopias take on a new critical function, portraying a dialect of hope and despair through their pursuit of the impossible.
KeywordsMichel Houellebecq; ambivalence; utopia; dystopia' critical utopia; space; rhetoric; ideology; ending
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format" and choose "open with... Endnote".
- Click on "Export Reference in RIS Format". Login to Refworks, go to References => Import References