College of Letters & Sciences
Upham Hall

Louis Betty
Associate Professor

  • Office Location: Laurentide Hall 3012
  • Phone: (262) 472-7172
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  • Department(s): Languages & Literatures

Louis Betty received his PhD in French literature from Vanderbilt University in 2011.  His research interests include 20th- and 21st-century French literature, philosophy and religion in literature, French intellectual history especially in the context of revolution and utopia, and the philosophy of mind.  At Whitewater he teaches all levels of French.


“Classical Secularization Theory in Contemporary Literature: The Curious Case of Michel Houellebecq,” Literature and Theology 27(1), March 2013, pp. 98-115.
“Michel Houellebecq, Meet Maximilien Robespierre: A Study in Social Religion,” L’Érudit franco-espagnol (June 2012), pp. 19-33.
Op-ed: “The End of the University?” Inside Higher Ed, 1 February 2013.
Op-ed: “Sending Catholics Running for Cover," Inside Higher Ed, 4 May 2012.
Op-ed: “Ah Bartleby; Ah Humanities," Inside Higher Ed, 23 May 2011.

Review: La Carte et le territoire by Michel Houellebecq, SubStance (April 2012).
Book Manuscript: Michel Houellebecq, Author of the Human Condition.
Article: “Michel Houellebecq’s ‘Materialist Horror Stories’: A Study in the Death of God.”
Article: “Swinger, Bi, Trans, Zoo, S&M—Just Not Old! Sexual Charity in the Novels of Michel Houellebecq.”
Review: “The Poetics of Despair: A Reading of Michel Houellebecq’s Configuration du dernier rivage."