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Fuck Autonomy: Neo-Orientalism and Abjection in Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1555-8133
2019 (English)In: European Review, ISSN 1062-7987, E-ISSN 1474-0575, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 600-614, article id PII S1062798719000206Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, the author critically analyses Michel Houellebecq’s novel Soumission (Flammarion, 2017). The analysis uses post-structural theories of discourse, gender, and post-colonialism. The author argues that the novel employs neo-orientalist modes of identification where abjection is a fundamental theme. A neo-orientalist mode of identification refers to how knowledge about Muslims as an abject other is produced through various discursive techniques of differentiation, and how this performative practice is articulated through contingent conceptions of race, religion, and gender. Abjection refers to a symbolic castration, namely the central theme of how Western masculinity and European civilization has been de-masculinized by social democracy, liberalism, globalization, and feminism. Finally, the analysis of the novel is contrasted and compared with Houellebecq’s earlier writings.

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2019. Vol. 27, no 4, p. 600-614, article id PII S1062798719000206
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Masculinity, Orientalism, France, Racism
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392087DOI: 10.1017/S1062798719000206ISI: 000485898200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392087DiVA, id: diva2:1346714
Available from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-10-22Bibliographically approved

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