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del Valle Alcalá, RobertoORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-9751-2616
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del Valle Alcalá, R. (2019). Martin Amis’s Money and the crisis of Fordism. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 60(1), 1-10
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Martin Amis’s Money and the crisis of Fordism
2019 (English)In: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, ISSN 0011-1619, E-ISSN 1939-9138, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article proposes a fresh contextual reading of Amis’s Money as a novel that engages the crisis of Fordism in the 1970s and 1980s. Critical attention has focused largely on its satirical examination of the Thatcherite ethos, but Money is also centrally preoccupied with the collapse of postwar capitalism’s institutional structures of inter-class coordination. As a result of this process, the social phenomenology constructed by the novel is not only defined by growing inequality and economic fetishism, but also by a pervasive sense of political uncontrollability over the accumulation process.

Keywords
class, finance, Fordism, Martin Amis, Money
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urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35350 (URN)10.1080/00111619.2018.1459457 (DOI)000452211500001 ()2-s2.0-85046729572 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-01746
Available from: 2018-05-25 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2019). Servile life: Subjectivity, biopolitics, and the labor of the dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro's never Let me go. Cultural critique (Print), 102, 37-60
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Servile life: Subjectivity, biopolitics, and the labor of the dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro's never Let me go
2019 (English)In: Cultural critique (Print), ISSN 0882-4371, E-ISSN 1460-2458, Vol. 102, p. 37-60Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Minnesota Press, 2019
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Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38290 (URN)10.5749/culturalcritique.102.2019.0037 (DOI)000472668600003 ()2-s2.0-85065340271 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2018). Knowledge in crisis: Cognitive capitalism and narrative form in Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know. Journal of Commonwealth Literature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Knowledge in crisis: Cognitive capitalism and narrative form in Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know
2018 (English)In: Journal of Commonwealth Literature, ISSN 0021-9894, E-ISSN 1741-6442Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In this article, I argue that Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know offers a suggestive but ultimately problematic interrogation of the link between knowledge and finance in the context of contemporary “cognitive capitalism” and the 2008 crisis. The novel’s almost fetishistic relation to knowledge, primarily represented by the narrator’s encyclopedic and relentless discursive presence, compounded with his insistence on a circumscribed and experientially detached narrative temporality, suggests a fundamentally evasive strategy. For all its complexity and stringency, “knowledge” functions as an ideological cover for a deeply political crisis, while narration itself signals a foreclosure of agency and responsibility which ultimately fails, exposing the limits of financialization’s own discursive justifications.

Keywords
class, cognitive capitalism, crisis, dividual, finance, knowledge, mathematics, narration, postcolonial
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-35351 (URN)10.1177/0021989418771996 (DOI)2-s2.0-85046804012 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-01746
Available from: 2018-05-25 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2018). Monstrous contemplation: Frankenstein, Agamben, and the politics of life. Textual Practice, 32(4), 611-628
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Monstrous contemplation: Frankenstein, Agamben, and the politics of life
2018 (English)In: Textual Practice, ISSN 0950-236X, E-ISSN 1470-1308, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 611-628Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his recent book L’uso dei corpi, Giorgio Agamben investigates the philosophical genealogy of his central concept of inoperosità through a reconsideration of the classical notion of chresis or ‘use’. According to Agamben, the latter points to an alternative constitution of human nature, one that would not be guided by a principle of necessary actualisation (energeia), would not exhaust itself in the realisation of an end (ergon), but would rather preserve its potentiality in a thoroughly non-subjective (‘contemplative’) relation of the body to itself. For Agamben, it is only through the recognition and mobilisation of this alternative foundation of the human, that the pervasive division of life (between natural and political, ‘bare’ and ‘autarchic’, zoe and bios) upon which modern politics is premised, can be overcome. In this article, I propose to read in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein an instructive rehearsal of these fundamental concepts, focusing on the possible meanings that the notion of monstrosity may acquire when placed against the backdrop of modernity’s commitment to energeia and its associated biopolitical mechanisms.

Keywords
Agamben, biopolitics, contemplation, Frankenstein, Monsters
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31332 (URN)10.1080/0950236X.2016.1256343 (DOI)000435504800003 ()2-s2.0-84996503775 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-12-09 Created: 2016-12-09 Last updated: 2019-02-26Bibliographically approved
Projects
Inoperative Fictions: Worklessness and British Literature from Romanticism to the Great Recession [2015-01746_VR]; Södertörn University
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