The recent violent events in Paris overshadowed what some had predicted would be a violent and scandalous literary event, the publication of Michel Houellebecq’s new novel, Soumission, which imagines a France in the near future ruled by a Muslim president. Russell Williams is a specialist in contemporary French literature and culture – particularly noise music and Houellebecq. He has new articles in French Slate  on the way that Houellebecq is perceived in the French academy, and in the MHRA journal on Houellebecq’s relation to the idea of transgression, particularly in the visual arts. A third recent article is here. He spoke to Quietus magazine about Charlie Hebdo after the recent attack.

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