This seminar provides an opportunity to review contemporary critical studies inspired by the philosophy and theory of Louis Althusser ———————————————————————————————————
This seminar comprises three papers:
- Alya Ansari, In Excess of The Text: The Logics of Capital and Literary Form
Literary attempts to represent production and surplus-value inevitably grapple with the fundamental difficulty of typifying the mechanisms of an exploitative economic system that always presents an image distinct from its actual operation, appearing in a partial and concealed way. These literary representations of production and surplus-value are autographic—that is, their representation is mimetic, and inevitably so given the considerable rift between capital’s representation and its reality—but rarely allographic, rarely moving the reader to animate the revolutionary idea. This essay elaborates Althusser’s conception of “symptomatic reading” in order to demystify the literary archform that forecloses adequate knowledge of capital’s governing logics within the literary mode of production.
- T. L. McGlone, Décalage as Subterranean Concept in Reading Capital
In Reading Capital, Louis Althusser and his students generated a series of concepts which now possess some renown in Marxist circles: overdetermination, struc…