Ghosts in the Text:Writing Technologies, Authorial Strategy and the Politics of Reactionary Autoimmunity in Houellebecq's Works

Grass, Delphine Brigitte (2019) Ghosts in the Text:Writing Technologies, Authorial Strategy and the Politics of Reactionary Autoimmunity in Houellebecq's Works. The Australian Journal of French Studies, 56 (1). ISSN 0004-9468

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Abstract

In the last decade of his life, Jacques Derrida articulated “autoimmunity” as the safeguarding mechanism with which an entity believing it has been infiltrated with a threatening “other” reacts against itself. Using Derrida’s analysis of politically reactionary forms of autoimmunity, this essay analyses how Houellebecq’s most recent extra-textual reactionary provocations are embedded in the techno-scientific and posthuman vision of his early fictions. Extending Derrida’s metaphor of autoimmunity to Houellebecq’s literary and authorial strategies, I argue that Houellebecq’s willingness to destroy the very channels of his literary and extra-textual provocations is rooted in the extension of neoliberalism to the private and biological spheres of life described in his fictions.

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Journal Article
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The Australian Journal of French Studies
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134427
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Deposited On:
22 Jun 2019 08:43
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Yes
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Published
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05 Aug 2020 06:42