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  • 1.
    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för kultur och lärande, Engelska.
    Contemporary Capitalism, Crisis, and the Politics of Fiction: Literature Beyond Fordism2019Bok (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Contemporary Capitalism, Crisis, and the Politics of Fiction: Literature Beyond Fordism proposes a fresh approach to contemporary fictional engagements with the idea of crisis in capitalism and its various social and economic manifestations. The book investigates how late-twentieth and twenty-first-century Anglophone fiction has imagined, interpreted, and in most cases resisted, the collapse of the socio-economic structures built after the Second World War and their replacement with a presumably immaterial order of finance-led economic development. Through a series of detailed readings of the words of authors Martin Amis, Hari Kunzru, Don DeLillo, Zia Haider Rahman, John Lanchester, Paul Murray and Zadie Smith among others, this study sheds light on the embattled and decidedly unstable nature of contemporary capitalism.

  • 2.
    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för kultur och lärande, Engelska.
    Knowledge in crisis: Cognitive capitalism and narrative form in Zia Haider Rahman’s In the Light of What We Know2018Ingår i: Journal of Commonwealth Literature, ISSN 0021-9894, E-ISSN 1741-6442Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    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
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för kultur och lärande, Engelska.
    Martin Amis’s Money and the crisis of Fordism2019Ingår i: Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, ISSN 0011-1619, E-ISSN 1939-9138, Vol. 60, nr 1, s. 1-10Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    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.

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    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för kultur och lärande, Engelska. Uppsala universitet.
    Monstrous contemplation: Frankenstein, Agamben, and the politics of life2018Ingår i: Textual Practice, ISSN 0950-236X, E-ISSN 1470-1308, Vol. 32, nr 4, s. 611-628Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    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.

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    del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
    Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för kultur och lärande, Engelska.
    Servile life: Subjectivity, biopolitics, and the labor of the dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro's never Let me go2019Ingår i: Cultural critique (Print), ISSN 0882-4371, E-ISSN 1460-2458, Vol. 102, s. 37-60Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
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