|Title||Evading Representation: The Literature of Contemporary U.S. Anarchism|
Anarchist movements have been a prominent feature of the twenty-first-century political landscape, providing the basis for modes of political engagement that foreground the necessity of unmediated direct action and horizontal organisation, in pursuit of the eradication of all forms of domination. This thesis frames contemporary anarchist movements and subcultures in the United States as sites of literary production, and examines the texts produced in these spaces in terms of their literary functions, resonances and inheritances. It proposes as a theoretical orientation an anarchist literary instrumentalism, which draws extensively on Deleuze and Guattari’s work on representation and the possibilities of a non-representational philosophy. This approach takes anarchism’s critique of representation as the basis for a new approach to texts which casts them as tools in political struggle. Anarchist texts are read for the political effects they produce, and the ways representation is negotiated and, to differing extents, evaded.
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|Publisher||University of Westminster|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.34737/vq232|