Houellebecq's cultural transgressions

29th of September 2018

10am – 5.30pm

Senate House, London

Houellebecq's cultural transgressions is a bilingual symposium investigating the ways in which French author Michel Houellebecq problematises the representation of contemporary society through the antagonistic use of both constraint and transgression as aesthetic and critical devices in his works. Bringing together a selection of Houellebecq specialists from Australia, France and the United Kingdom, the programme offers a range of perspectives on the topic of cultural transgressions, including transmediality, stylistic hybridity, political provocation, socio-economic consumption and religious conversion.

Keynote Speaker: Agathe Novak-Lechevalier, Université Paris X Nanterre


Registration for this event is free and we welcome scholars, students, and the wider public to join the conversation. However, as numbers are limited please register as soon as possible via the following link:

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The symposium will run from 9:30am to approximately 5:30pm.

Drinks and food will be provided throughout the day, beginning with a morning tea and finishing with a wine reception.

Houellebecq’s cultural transgressions.pdf


The Court Room, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


For any enquiries please contact either Françoise Campbell (francoise.campbell@unimelb.edu.au) or Jacqueline Dutton (jld@unimelb.edu.au).


Jacqueline Dutton (University of Melbourne), Françoise Campbell (University of Melbourne, l’Université Paris 7 Diderot), and Dominic Glynn (Institute of Modern Language Research).


Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, AHRC Research Network: Literature Under Constraint, French Cultural Studies journal, Cassal Trust fund.