The Resource Insistence of the material : literature in the age of biopolitics, Christopher Breu

Insistence of the material : literature in the age of biopolitics, Christopher Breu

Label
Insistence of the material : literature in the age of biopolitics
Title
Insistence of the material
Title remainder
literature in the age of biopolitics
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Breu
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
813/.5409
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PS374.M395
LC item number
B84 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Insistence of the material : literature in the age of biopolitics, Christopher Breu
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: theorizing materiality in the age of biopolitics -- The novel enfleshed: Naked lunch and the literature of materiality -- Vital objects: materiality and biopolitics in Thomas Pynchon's V -- The late-modern unconscious: the object world of J.G. Ballard's Crash -- Disinterring the real: embodiment, AIDS, and biomedicalization in Dodie Bellamy's The letters of Mina Harker -- Almanac of the living: thanatopolitics and an alternative biopolitics in Leslie Marmon Silko's Almanac of the dead -- Conclusion: tarrying with the material
Control code
ocn894667671
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 264 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781452942834
Lccn
2014001436
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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.b31893697
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)894667671
  • pebcs1452942838

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