Anti matter

An interrogation of art's ability to face unpleasant truths.

Author: Ben Jeffery

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781846949227

Category: Philosophy

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An interrogation of art's ability to face unpleasant truths.

Anti Matter

Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism Ben Jeffery. HEN JEFFERY ANTIMATTER AntiMatter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism AntiMatter: Michel Houellebecq and. MICHEL HDUELLEBEC[] AND DEPRESSIVE REALISM. Front Cover.

Author: Ben Jeffery

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 9781846949234

Category: Philosophy

Page: 105

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Michel Houellebecq, author of five novels including Atomised and Platform, has become possibly the world’s most famous literary pessimist. His work declares that life is painful and disappointing, death is terrifying, and the human condition is a nasty sort of joke. He has been wildly successful – translated into over 25 different languages and hailed as the voice of a generation. Beginning with Houellebecq’s novels, this book explores the concept of ‘Depressive Realism’ in literature and philosophy – the proposition that the facts of life are bleak and unkind. Ranging over work by David Foster Wallace, Susan Sontag, Fredric Jameson and Margaret Atwood, Anti-Matter surveys the case for pessimism, asks how a mass culture rooted in sentimentality and trivialisation manages to produce so much cynicism and apathy, and hunts for the space that remains for serious, life-affirming art.

Depressive Realism

Jeffreys, B. (2011) Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism. Winchester: Zero Books. Kushlev, K., Dunn, E.W. & Lucas, R.E. (2015) Higher income is associated with less daily sadness but not more daily happiness.

Author: Colin Feltham

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317584834

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Depressive Realism argues that people with mild-to-moderate depression have a more accurate perception of reality than non-depressives. Depressive realism is a worldview of human existence that is essentially negative, and which challenges assumptions about the value of life and the institutions claiming to answer life’s problems. Drawing from central observations from various disciplines, this book argues that a radical honesty about human suffering might initiate wholly new ways of thinking, in everyday life and in clinical practice for mental health, as well as in academia. Divided into sections that reflect depressive realism as a worldview spanning all academic disciplines, chapters provide examples from psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy and more to suggest ways in which depressive realism can critique each discipline and academia overall. This book challenges the tacit hegemony of contemporary positive thinking, as well as the standard assumption in cognitive behavioural therapy that depressed individuals must have cognitive distortions. It also appeals to the utility of depressive realism for its insights, its pursuit of truth, as well its emphasis on the importance of learning from negativity and failure. Arguments against depressive realism are also explored. This book makes an important contribution to our understanding of depressive realism within an interdisciplinary context. It will be of key interest to academics, researchers and postgraduates in the fields of psychology, mental health, psychotherapy, history and philosophy. It will also be of great interest to psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors.

Michel Houellebecq

40 'suffering is the foundational concept of Houellebecq's ideology, from which all else follows', Place-Verghnes, ... intensified his bitterness and solipsism to a hideous degree', Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism ...

Author: Douglas Morrey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781846318610

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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Michel Houellebecq is perhaps the single most successful and controversial of all contemporary novelists writing in French. Houellebecq has become a global publishing phenomenon: his books have been translated worldwide, three film adaptations of his work have been produced, and the author has been the subject of million-euro publishing deals and of successive media scandals in France. If Houellebecq is unique in contemporary French writing, it is thanks not only to his extraordinary success, but to the unparalleled scope of his narrative ambition. In the work which most forcefully marked his breakthrough to the mainstream - Les Particules élémentaires - Houellebecq made a significant appeal to the science-fiction genre in order to undergird his critique of contemporary society. For Houellebecq presents humanity - at least modern, western humanity - as in a terminal state of decadence and decline and ripe for replacement by its post-human successor. His novels narrate a metaphysical mutation or paradigm shift through which humanity as we know it ceases to be the over-riding value or focus of our world when it comes into conflict with a competitor in the form of a post-human or neo-human species. It is the aim of this book to appraise the global significance of Houellebecq's novelistic visions while at the same time situating them within the context of French literature, culture and society.

Michel Houellebecq and the Literature of Despair

37 Ben Jeffery, Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism (Winchester: Zero Books, 2011), 9. 38 Crowley, 'Wreckage', 21. 39 Dominique Noguez, Houellebecq, en fait (Paris: Editions Fayard, 2003) and Fernando Arrabal, ...

Author: Carole Sweeney

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781623569181

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Widely acknowledged as an important, if highly controversial, figure in contemporary literature, French novelist and poet Michel Houellebecq has elicited diverse critical responses. In this book Carole Sweeney examines his novels as a response to the advance of neoliberalism into all areas of affective human life. This historicizing study argues that le monde houellebecquien is an 'atomised society' of banal quotidian alienation populated by quietly resentful men who are the botched subjects of late-capitalism. Addressing Houellebecq's handling of the 'failure' of the radical thought of '68, Sweeney looks at the ways in which his fiction treats feminism, the decline of religion and the family, as well as the obsolescence of French 'theory' and the Sartrean notion of 'engaged' literature. Reading the world with the disappointed idealism of a contemporary moralist, Houellebecq's novels, Sweeney argues, fluctuate between despair for the world as it is and a limp utopian hope for a post-humanity.

The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer

Michel Houellebecq, Interventions 2: Traces (Paris: Flammarion, 2010), 153. 9. Ben Jeffery, Anti-matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism (Winchester, UK: 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.

Author: Robert L. Wicks

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190660079

Category: Philosophy

Page: 544

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More than two hundred years after the publication of his seminal The World as Will and Representation, Arthur Schopenhauer's influence is still felt in philosophy and beyond. As one of the most readable and central philosophers of the 19th century, his work inspired the most influential thinkers and artists of his time, including Nietzsche, Freud, and Wagner. Though known primarily as a herald of philosophical pessimism, the full range of his contributions is displayed here in a collection of thirty-one essays on the forefront of Schopenhauer scholarship. Essays written by contemporary Schopenhauer scholars explore his central notions, including the will, empirical knowledge, and the sublime, and widens to the interplay of ethics and religion with Schopenhauer's philosophy. Authors confront difficult aspects of Schopenhauer's work and legacy--for example, the extent to which Schopenhauer adopted ideas from his predecessors compared to how much was original and visionary in his central claim that reality is a blind, senseless "will," the effectiveness of his philosophy in the field of scientific explanation and extrasensory phenomena, and the role of beauty and sublimity in his outlook. Essays also challenge prevailing assumptions about Schopenhauer by exploring the fundamental role of compassion in his moral theory, the Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist aspects of his philosophy, and the importance of asceticism in his views on the meaning of life. The collection is an internationally constituted work that reflects upon Schopenhauer's philosophy with authors presently working across the globe. It demonstrates fully the richness of Schopenhauer's work and his lasting impact on philosophy and psychoanalysis, as well as upon music, the visual arts, and literature.

Leftovers

and drinking do occasionally arise in the exposition of other discussions of consumption in Houellebecq's fiction. ... 22 Ben Jeffery, Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism (London; Zero, 2011). 23 Jeffery, Anti-Matter, ...

Author: Ruth Cruickshank

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 9781789624960

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 230

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Eating and drinking are essential to survival. Yet for human animals, they are intrinsically ambivalent, proliferating with ideological, historical and psychological leftovers. This study reveals and mobilizes the provisional meanings, repressed experiences and unacknowledged tensions bound up with representations of food, drink and their consumption. It creates a flexible critical framework by bringing together an unexploited convergence of post-war French thinkers who use – or whose thought is legible through – figures of eating and drinking, including Barthes, Bataille, Beauvoir, Bourdieu, Certeau, Cixous, Derrida, Fischler, Giard, Kristeva, Lacan, Lefebvre, Lévi-Strauss, Mayol and Sartre. New combinations emerge for elucidating the intersecting effects of incorporation; constructs of class, gender and racial difference; bad faith; distinction; secondary ideological signifying systems; provisional meanings bound up with linguistic traces; economies of excess; everyday ‘making-do’; the ethics of consuming the other; the return of the repressed; lack; abjection; and notions of ‘eating on the sly’, ‘mother’s milk’, the ‘omnivore’s paradox’ and ‘gastro-anomie’. The vast possibilities for re-thinking with eating and drinking are further exemplified in case studies of novels in which – often beyond authorial intentions – food and drink are structurally important and interpretatively plural. These are Robbe-Grillet’s Les Gommes/The Erasers (1953); Ernaux’s Les Armoires vides/Cleaned Out (1974); Darrieussecq’s Truismes/Pig Tales (1996); and Houellebecq’s La Carte et le territoire/The Map and the Territory (2010). New understandings of post-war French cultural production are revealed in these case studies. But above all, the analyses demonstrate the potential for literary, comparative, cultural, film, gender and food studies of re-thinking with eating and drinking across genres, periods and places.

Utopia Social Theory and the Future

Jeffrey, B. (2011): Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism. New York: Zero Books. Jørgensen, T. B. (1986): Magtens spejl: Myndighed og borger i skønlitteraturen. Copenhagen: Nyt fra Samfundsvidenskaberne.

Author: Keith Tester

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317002970

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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In the light of globalization's failure provide the universal panacea expected by some of its more enthusiastic proponents, and the current status of neo-liberalism in Europe, a search has begun for alternative visions of the future; alternatives to the free market and to rampant capitalism. Indeed, although these alternatives may not be conceived of in terms of being a 'perfect order', there does appear to be a trend towards 'utopian thinking', as people - including scholars and intellectuals - search for inspiration and visions of better futures. If, as this search continues, it transpires that politics has little to offer, then what might social theory have to contribute to the imagination of these futures? Does social theory matter at all? What resources can it offer this project of rethinking the future? Without being tied to any single political platform, Utopia: Social Theory and the Future explores some of these questions, offering a timely and sustained attempt to make social theory relevant through explorations of its resources and possibilities for utopian imaginations. It is often claimed that utopian thought has no legitimate place whatsoever in sociological thinking, yet utopianism has remained part and parcel of social theory for centuries. As such, in addition to considering the role of social theory in the imagination of alternative futures, this volume reflects on how social theory may assist us in understanding and appreciating utopia or utopianism as a special topic of interest, a special subject matter, a special analytical focus or a special normative dimension of sociological thinking. Bringing together the latest work from a leading team of social theorists, this volume will be of interest to sociologists, social and political theorists, anthropologists and philosophers.

Crime Harm and Consumerism

Betty, L. (2016) Without God: Michel Houellebecq and Materialist Horror, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. ... Jeffery, B. (2011) Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism, Alresford,

Author: Steve Hall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429755101

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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This book offers a collection of cutting-edge essays on the relationship between crime, harm and consumer culture. Although consumer culture has been addressed across the social sciences, it has yet to be fully explored in criminology. The editors bring together an impressive list of authors with original ideas and a fresh perspective to this field. The collection first introduces the reader to three sets of ideas which will be especially useful to students and researchers piecing together theoretical frameworks for their studies. New concepts such as pseudo-pacification, the materialist libertine and the commodification of abstinence can be used as foundation stones for new explanatory criminological analyses in the 21st century. The collection then moves on to present case studies based on rigorous empirical work in the fields of consumption and debt, ‘outlaw’ gangs, illegal drug markets, gambling, the mentality that drives investment fraudsters and the relationship between social media and state surveillance. These case studies showcase the strength of the research skills and knowledge these scholars offer to the field of criminology. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, social theory and those interested in learning about the effects of consumer culture in modern society.

Life Without End

A Thought Experiment in Literature from Swift to Houellebecq Karl Siegfried Guthke ... 7 (2006): 15–20; Ben Jeffery, Anti-Matter: Michel Houellebecq and Depressive Realism (Winchester, UK and Washington, DC: Zero, 2011), ch.

Author: Karl S. Guthke

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9781571139740

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

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A groundbreaking study examining major literary treatments of the idea of earthly immortality, throwing into relief fascinating instances of human self-awareness over the past 300 years.