Tag: capitalism

Against Animal Authenticity, Against the Forced March of the Now: a review of Nicole Shukin’s Animal Capital

2014-09-07

In one half of a pair of critical reviews looking at recent titles in animal studies, Karl Steel examines Nicole Shukin’s Animal Capital (Shukin reviews Steel in the other half). In particular, Steel looks at Shukin’s biopolitical framework, and considers how that framework challenges not only our conception of what constitutes the animal, but also–and more to the bone–our conception of the capacity of fields like animal studies.

Histories of the Future

2003-06-22

Steve Shaviro reviews Tomorrow Now by Bruce Sterling, a book that (for an eminent cyberpunk novelist) is perhaps too sane and sensible.

Two Gestures, While Waiting for a Third

2003-11-15

Juggling economies and unknotting threads, Victor Vitanza pulls back to drop the curtain, theoretically, on The Politics of Information.

Mizuko Ito's response (excerpt)

2004-01-08

Mizuko Ito recounts her experience at an unusual gaming convention in Japan, and posits fan culture as a way to understand software.

If It Could Be Wrapped

2004-08-25

Excerpted from Water Writing - an essay; presented as part of the ebr Critical Ecologies thread; concurrent with a literary Festschrift in honor of Joseph McElroy’s lifework.

Global Warming, Globalization, and Environmental Literary History

2009-05-02

Lance Newman suggests Ecocriticism shares a problematic assumption with “green” capitalism: the idea “a livable future will result from billions of individual ethical decisions.” Here he traces a burgeoning critical alternative that investigates the historical connections between global capital and the shifting structures of the “ecosocial.”

Seeking

2007-08-01

Rob Swigart’s “Seeking” is a clever and funny story whose roots lie in the materialization of internet interdating connections. Moving through the technological and media reductions of desire, Swigart parallels the overarching theme of “seeking” with a form that is itself punctuated with questions.

Life Sentences for the New America

2006-10-29

Tim Keane reviews David Matlin’s Prisons: Inside the New America.

Mister Squishy, c'est moi: David Foster Wallace's Oblivion

2004-10-18

Kiki Benzon on narrative ecology and the “fradulence paradox” of Oblivion.

Avant-PoPoMo Now

1996-04-01

Ronald Sukenick turns hypercapitalism inside out, and finds no place to hide.

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