Urteil und Werturteil in der Musik
Edited By Claudia Maurer Zenck and Ivana Rentsch
Houellebecq, Les Particules élémentaires: Anatomie eines skandalösen Erfolgs
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Houellebecq, Les Particules élémentaires:Anatomie eines skandalösen Erfolgs
The „scandalous“ success of Michel Houllebecq’s Les Particules élémentaires raises the general question of the meaning of value judgements in literary studies and, with it, the related question of how far the judgement of the worth of a literary text can be taken. In the case of Houellebecq, the answer appears obvious: most of the negative criticisms suggest that their authors would answer both questions affirmatively. The answer to whether or not the book is profound depends on which question the interpreter asks it. This is the aporia: because reading is a directed construction, a part of the worth of literature remains in the eye of the observer.
J’ai souvent entendu parler de la hardiesse de la littérature moderne; mais je n’ai, pour mon compte, jamais cru à cette hardiesse-là.
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