Colleen Lye and Christopher NealonMar 31, 2023
Literature, Theory, and Value in the Twenty-First Century
Cambridge University Press 2022
Colleen Lye and Christopher Nealon's edited volume After Marx: Literature, Theory, and Value in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge UP, 2022) demonstrates the importance of Marxist literary and cultural criticism for an era of intersectional politics and economic decline. The volume includes fresh approaches to reading poetry, fiction, film and drama, from Shakespeare to contemporary literature, and shows how Marxist literary criticism improves our understanding of racial capitalism, feminist politics, colonialism, deindustrialization, high-tech labor, ecological crisis, and other issues. A key innovation of the volume's essays is how they attend to Marx's theory of value. For Marx, capitalist value demands a range of different kinds of labor as well as unemployment. This book shows the importance of Marxist approaches to literature that reach beyond simply demonstrating the revolutionary potential or the political consciousness of a 19th-century-style industrial working class. After Marx makes an argument for the twenty-first century interconnectedness of widely different literary genres, and far-flung political struggles.
The featured speakers in this podcast include:
- Colleen Lye and Christopher Nealon: Marxist Literary Study and the General Law of Capitalist Accumulation
- Nikhil Pal Singh: Black Marxism and the Antinomies of Racial Capitalism
- Mark Steven: Screening Insurrection: Marx, Cinema, Revolution
- Joshua Clover: The Irreconcilable: Marx after Literature
- Juliana Spahr: Literature and the State
- Jasper Bernes: Poetry and Revolution
Morteza Hajizadeh is a Ph.D. graduate in English from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research interests are Cultural Studies; Critical Theory; Environmental History; Medieval (Intellectual) History; Gothic Studies; 18th and 19th Century British Literature. YouTube channel.