EN 2011 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Michel Houellebecq, Sex Tourism, Mimesis

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EN 2011
Lect 4
Michel Houellebecq
oExplaining, not defining childhood
oCreative writer
oCampaigning against society or participating in it?
oTalks about a “type” of masculinity
oTalks about a kind of femininity and the “ideal” woman
oIs it too much to ask for men to be fathers?
Are they just meant to be breeders?
oThe root of sex tourism is tourism itself
The opportunity to “tour” or “try” different women
oDepression cant be diverted by any act of will
oDepressing landscape of contemporary world
oWorld is too old and has gone on too long
oAccuses girls of wanting only to seduce, while men simply want sex
oSays girls want the emotional before sex, while men want it afterward
Women want to sweet talk, men want the spooning
oHappiness is no longer a reward, it must come from some external source
Idea that money can buy happiness?
oNeeds pimp or some tool for masturbation to avoid feelings that girls have
No emotional attachment
“Ideal” “masculine” man doesn’t need feelings
oDiscourse is the language of the sciences
oMimesis: copying, imitation, rivalry, competition
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