ABSTRACT. The aim of this article is to gain a deeper grasp of Houellebecq’s novelistic style, his posthumanist vision, and his reflections regarding the irreconcilability of family life with a society of cold-blooded egoism. The outcomes of the current research coincide with prior investigations on the forcefulness of Houellebecq’s prose, his predilection for satirizing discourses he appears to support, and his considerations concerning the ascendancy of market values in human activity and the resultant deprivation of affective nostalgia.

Keywords: Houellebecq; commodification; human condition; alienating world

How to cite: Balica, Raluca (2017). “The Alienated Language of the Affective Commodity in Houellebecq’s Novels,” Review of Contemporary Philosophy 16: 143–149.

Received 25 March 2017 • Received in revised form 18 June 2017
Accepted 19 June 2017 • Available online 1 July 2017


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