Journal Article

Michel Houellebecq and the Theological Virtues

Vincent Lloyd

in Literature and Theology

Volume 23, issue 1, pages 84-98
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frn041
Michel Houellebecq and the Theological Virtues

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The controversial contemporary French author Michel Houellebecq is generally regarded as anti-religious. His works explore the implications of postmodern, capitalist-dominated culture. I argue that, particularly in The Possibility of an Island, Houellebecq in fact offers resources for thinking constructively about religion in postmodernity. Particularly, Houellebecq explores the themes of faith, hope and love. I suggest that Houellebecq's discussion of the theological virtues has Augustinian resonances. Through a close reading of The Possibility of an Island, I explicate what Houellebecq has to say about the theological virtues, and I begin to consider broader implications of Houellebecq's work.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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