Michel Houellebecq

All you need to know about... star author Michel Houellebecq*

Date: Time: 13:00 Location: Black Box, Esplanade building, Tilburg University

Introduction to the literary work of star author Michel Houellebecq by professor Odile Heynders. What is the meaning of his work for the public debate? What can be said about the controversies about the person of Michel Houellebecq? (language: English)

Time 13:00-14:00 hrs (doors open: 12:45 hrs).
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Michel Houellebecq

French author Michel Houellebecq is one of the leading writers in Europe, known for his critical analysis of society and his effective but desperate characters. In his view, Western secular and individualized people are empty, eroded by the market, the mass media, tourism, and bureaucracy, and betrayed by the elite. Houellebecq has a fine-tuned feel for the zeitgeist and outlines ink-black but also very realistic scenarios. In his novels, he makes painfully visible what is wrong with Western individualism. But sometimes doubt strikes the reader: Does Houellebecq mean what he writes or does he in fact mean the opposite? Is it irony, cynicism, or narcissism that drives the writer? And why, as a persona outside of his novels, is he so strange and unpredictable?

Odile Heynders

Odile Heynders is Professor of Comparative Literature and Head of the Department of Culture Studies at Tilburg University. She will give an introduction to the literary work of Houellebecq, point to the meaning of his work for the public debate and unravel some of the riddles and controversies about the person of Michel Houellebecq.

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This lecture is an initiative of  Academic Forum.

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* This event may count towards the Academic Forum Certificate.