Insistence of the Material Literature in the Age of Biopolitics

Taal: Engels
Insistence of the Material
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9780816689460
  • Druk: 1
  • oktober 2014
  • 264 pagina's
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Insistence of the Material engages with recent theories of materiality and biopolitics to provide a radical reinterpretation of experimental fiction in the second half of the twentieth century. In contrast to readings that emphasize the metafictional qualities of these works, Christopher Breu examines this literature's focus on the material conditions of everyday life, from the body to built environments, and from ecosystems to economic production. In Insistence of the Material, Breu rethinks contemporary understandings of biopolitics, affirming the importance of forms of materiality that refuse full socialization and resist symbolic manipulation. Breu considers a range of novels that reflect questions of materiality in a biopolitical era, including William Burroughs's Naked Lunch, Thomas Pynchon's V., J. G. Ballard's Crash, Dodie Bellamy's The Letters of Mina Harker, and Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the Dead. Drawing from accounts of the emergence of immaterial production and biopolitics by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Breu reveals the confrontational dimensions of materiality itself in a world devoted to the idea of its easy malleability and transcendence. Taking his analysis beyond the boundaries of literature, Breu argues that both materiality and subjectivity form sites of resistance to biopolitical control and that new developments in materialist theory advance a conception of social existence in which materiality-rather than language or culture-is the central term.

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Breu's illuminating engagement with late 20th- and 21st-century literature and theory will leave readers' understanding of both altered and refreshed. -CHOICE Important work. -Modern Fiction Studies Insistence of the Material offers powerful readings of the most important experimental writers since 1950, readings that demonstrate how much subversive political potential remains in literature as it emerges from the bewildering metafictional labyrinths of postmodernism. Christopher Breu takes readers on a sometimes dangerous, often disturbing but always bracing trip along the parallel cutting edges of contemporary literature and theory. -Timothy S. Murphy, author of Antonio Negri: Modernity and the Multitude

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Taal
Engels
Bindwijze
Paperback
Druk
1
Verschijningsdatum
2014-09-15
Afmetingen
22,2 x 14,6 x 2,5 cm
Aantal pagina's
264 pagina's
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Auteur
Christopher Breu
Uitgever
University Of Minnesota Press

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9780816689460

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NUR code
320
Oorspronkelijke releasedatum
2014-10-05
Subtitel
Literature in the Age of Biopolitics
Thema Qualifier Code
1KBB
Thema Subject Code
DSA

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