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Insistence of the Material: Literature in the Age of Biopolitics

Christopher Breu


This book 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, this book examines this literature’s focus on the material conditions of everyday life, from the body to built environments, and from ecosystems to economic production. The book rethinks contemporary understandings of biopolitics, affirming the importance of forms of materiality that refuse full socialization and resist symbolic manipulat ... More

Keywords: materiality, biopolitics, experimental fiction, economic production, symbolic manipulation, Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Roberto Esposito, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816688913
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816688913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Breu, author