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  • 1.
    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Knowledge in crisis: Cognitive capitalism and narrative form in Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know2018In: Journal of Commonwealth Literature, ISSN 0021-9894, E-ISSN 1741-6442Article in journal (Refereed)
    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.

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    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Martin Amis’s Money and the crisis of Fordism2019In: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, ISSN 0011-1619, E-ISSN 1939-9138, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 1-10Article in journal (Refereed)
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    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.

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    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language. Uppsala universitet.
    Monstrous contemplation: Frankenstein, Agamben, and the politics of life2018In: Textual Practice, ISSN 0950-236X, E-ISSN 1470-1308, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 611-628Article in journal (Refereed)
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    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.

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    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, English language.
    Servile life: Subjectivity, biopolitics, and the labor of the dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro's never Let me go2019In: Cultural critique (Print), ISSN 0882-4371, E-ISSN 1460-2458, Vol. 102, p. 37-60Article in journal (Refereed)
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