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French Post-Modern MasculinitiesFrom Neuromatrices to Seropositivity$
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Lawrence R. Schehr

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312151

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315282

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Perversions of the Real

Perversions of the Real

(p.174) Chapter Four Perversions of the Real
French Post-Modern Masculinities
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This chapter analyses essay writing by Michel Houellebecq and Marc-Édouard Nabe, two right-leaning, heterosexual authors who inject their discourses about the political with imagery related to reorientation of sexualities. In Nabe's Au régal des vermines, the narrator's concepts of race and sodomy parallel one another. Like Nabe in Une Lueur d'espoir, Houellebecq is obsessed with homosexuals and homosexuality. This is evident in Les Particules élémentaires, in which Houellebecq fetishises a kind of too-human masculinity in what would be for him a utopian heteronormative world of the near future and is finally drawn into a speculative, specular, and voyeuristic homosocial order whereby his supposedly straight character is fascinated by male genitalia.

Keywords:   Michel Houellebecq, Marc-Édouard Nabe, Au régal des vermines, race, sodomy, homosexuals, homosexuality, masculinity, Les Particules élémentaires, male genitalia

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