Download e-book for kindle: After critique. Twenty-first-century fiction in a neoliberal by Mitchum Huehls

By Mitchum Huehls

ISBN-10: 0190456221

ISBN-13: 9780190456221

After critique' identifies an ontological flip in modern U.S. fiction that distinguishes our present literary second from either postmodernism and so-called post-postmodernism. This flip to ontology takes many kinds, yet mostly After Critique highlights a physique of literature-work from Colson Whitehead, Uzodinma Iweala, Karen Yamasthia, Helena Viramontes, Percival Everett, Mat Johnson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Read more...


taking over 4 diverse political themes-human rights, the relation among private and non-private area, racial justice, and environmentalism-After Critique means that the ontological varieties emerging Read more...

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They never overlap; they are purified of each other. The free neoliberal subject’s value derives from its opposition to any potential objectivity (“I’m so much more than data”); and the neoliberal object’s value derives from its opposition to any potential subjectivity (the analytical “insight” derived from the mushiness of “social chatter, reviews, and sales transactions”). While we experience these subjective and objective representations of the human as mutually exclusive, however, the advertisements reveal that neoliberalism’s potency stems from its simultaneous claim on both, from what I described before as neoliberalism’s granular intrusion into all domains of human experience.

After all, it’s that hybrid ontology that allows each link in a chain of circulating reference to connect to its preceding and Introduction 27 succeeding links even as it does not require those links to resemble each other representationally. Instead, the succeeding link in the chain lends its own ontological heft, its own position in the social configuration, to the preceding link. New contexts and alliances are established as the initial link connects forward to the ensuing one. Some of the things that were unclear or underdeveloped in the original thing are given shape and voice in the new thing.

Consequently, rather than approaching neoliberalism as a normative program with representational and ideological stakes, After Critique recommends a more ontological strategy. If we accept the shift from normative to serial culture that Foucault, Cherniavsky, and Barnett each describe, then surely our tactical responses to and Introduction 19 strategic engagements with neoliberalism must also move from the critical to the ontological. Rather than engaging neoliberalism through the critical discursive terrain that it has already captured, why not develop procedures and techniques that adopt its more serialized and networked formulations of meaning and value?

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