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del Valle Alcalá, Roberto
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del Valle Alcalá, R. (2018). Monstrous Contemplation: Frankenstein, Agamben, and the Politics of Life. Textual Practice, 32(4), 611-628
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Monstrous Contemplation: Frankenstein, Agamben, and the Politics of Life
2018 (English)In: Textual Practice, ISSN 0950-236X, E-ISSN 1470-1308, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 611-628Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In his recent book L'uso dei corpi, Giorgio Agamben investigates the philosophical genealogy of his central concept of inoperosita through a reconsideration of the classical notion of chresis or 'use'. According to Agamben, the latter points to an alternative constitution of human nature, one that would not be guided by a principle of necessary actualisation (energeia), would not exhaust itself in the realisation of an end (ergon), but would rather preserve its potentiality in a thoroughly non-subjective ('contemplative') relation of the body to itself. For Agamben, it is only through the recognition and mobilisation of this alternative foundation of the human, that the pervasive division of life (between natural and political, 'bare' and 'autarchic', zoe and bios) upon which modern politics is premised, can be overcome. In this article, I propose to read in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein an instructive rehearsal of these fundamental concepts, focusing on the possible meanings that the notion of monstrosity may acquire when placed against the backdrop of modernity's commitment to energeia and its associated biopolitical mechanisms.

National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-286816 (URN)10.1080/0950236X.2016.1256343 (DOI)000435504800003 ()
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Fiktioner utan verkan: Arbetslöshet och brittisk litteratur från romantiken till den stora recessionen
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-01746
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2018-09-10Bibliographically approved
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2016). British Working-Class Fiction: Narratives of Refusal and the Struggle Against Work. London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>British Working-Class Fiction: Narratives of Refusal and the Struggle Against Work
2016 (English)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016. p. 192
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-286818 (URN)978-1-4742-7374-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2016-04-21
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2016). Class, Embodiment, and Becoming in British Working-Class Fiction: Rereading Barry Hines and Ron Berry with Deleuze and Guattari. College literature (Print), 43(2), 375-396
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Class, Embodiment, and Becoming in British Working-Class Fiction: Rereading Barry Hines and Ron Berry with Deleuze and Guattari
2016 (English)In: College literature (Print), ISSN 0093-3139, E-ISSN 1542-4286, Vol. 43, no 2, p. 375-396Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay offers a new reading of two post-war working-class British novels, Barry Hines's A Kestrel for a Knave and Ron Berry's So Long, Hector Bebb, in light of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's ideas about the body and subjectivity. What is at stake in these narratives, as in the theoretical edifice constructed by Deleuze and Guattari, is a possibility of being in this case, of social, class-marked being that does not necessarily commence and conclude with fixed positions and functional roles, or with already formed subjectivities and identities. The class figures that we encounter in these novels call for a careful reappraisal of political agency outside of these sanctioned parameters, and for an alternative understanding of marginality in a context of crisis of Fordist social and productive relations.

National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-286813 (URN)000374617500004 ()
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2016). Servile Life: Subjectivity, Biopolitics, and the Labor of the Dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Cultural critique (Print)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Servile Life: Subjectivity, Biopolitics, and the Labor of the Dividual in Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go
2016 (English)In: Cultural critique (Print), ISSN 0882-4371, E-ISSN 1460-2458Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292717 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2015-01746
Available from: 2016-05-08 Created: 2016-05-08 Last updated: 2017-11-30
del valle Alcalá, R. (2015). Crisis, Reproduction, and Resistance in Pat Barker's Union Street and Blow Your House Down. Literature, interpretation, theory, 26(3), 194-214
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crisis, Reproduction, and Resistance in Pat Barker's Union Street and Blow Your House Down
2015 (English)In: Literature, interpretation, theory, ISSN 1043-6928, E-ISSN 1545-5866, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 194-214Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Languages and Literature Humanities
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261994 (URN)10.1080/10436928.2015.1061902 (DOI)000359654200002 ()
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2017-12-04
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2015). Sketches of Autonomy: Capitalist Subsumption and Working-Class Resistance in Alan Sillitoe's Early Fiction. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, 48(3), 435-459
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sketches of Autonomy: Capitalist Subsumption and Working-Class Resistance in Alan Sillitoe's Early Fiction
2015 (English)In: Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, ISSN 0016-6928, E-ISSN 2160-0228, Vol. 48, no 3, p. 435-459Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner” offer a fresh perspective on the endurance of class antagonisms in the Britain of the 1950s. These texts' radical import rests on their rejection of consensual discourses and on their fundamental insistence on working-class difference. Instead of offering a gradualist argument in the mold of much socialist writing of the period (whether revisionist or “New Leftist”), Sillitoe's fictional engagements point to a persistent rift, to a lasting separation that may effectively lead the working-class subject to a sense of self-worth without subordination. This article contends that in these classic pieces of British working-class literature Sillitoe sketches—in a sequential and incremental manner—a “strategy of refusal” of the conditions of incorporation defined by postwar capitalism. Following the theoretical analyses developed by the Italian school of Marxist workerism (operaismo), it is claimed that the increasing “socialization” of capital in the postwar period did not mark its waning or disappearance but rather a widespread effort to absorb or “subsume” the entire society in its value-producing logic. This came as a specific response to working-class struggles and subjective assertions and was therefore a confirmation of the working class's increasing autonomy rather than of its fading. Sillitoe's fiction is a potent illustration of the tension between capitalist subsumption/incorporation and working-class resistance/autonomy in this period—a tension that reaches a breaking point in the passage from Saturday Night and Sunday Morning to “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner.”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Duke University Press, 2015
Keywords
Alan Sillitoe; working-class literature; autonomist Marxism; operaismo; Antonio Negri
National Category
Languages and Literature Humanities
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-258506 (URN)10.1215/00166928-3160520 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-07-14 Created: 2015-07-14 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2014). A Revolution in Drag: Reinaldo Arenas, or the Insurrection of Excess. In: Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Bénédicte Ledent, Roberto del Valle Alcalá (Ed.), The Cross-Dressed Caribbean: Writing, Politics, Sexualities: (pp. 40-56). University Press of Virginia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Revolution in Drag: Reinaldo Arenas, or the Insurrection of Excess
2014 (English)In: The Cross-Dressed Caribbean: Writing, Politics, Sexualities / [ed] Maria Cristina Fumagalli, Bénédicte Ledent, Roberto del Valle Alcalá, University Press of Virginia, 2014, p. 40-56Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University Press of Virginia, 2014
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246086 (URN)9780813935225 (ISBN)9780813935232 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2016-04-21
del Valle Alcalá, R., Fumagalli, M. C. & Ledent, B. (Eds.). (2014). The Cross-Dressed Caribbean: Writing, Politics, Sexualities. University Press of Virginia
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Cross-Dressed Caribbean: Writing, Politics, Sexualities
2014 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University Press of Virginia, 2014. p. 320
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246083 (URN)9780813935225 (ISBN)9780813935232 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2016-04-21
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2013). A Desire Called Utopia, A Utopia Called Community: Exile, Identity and Resistance in Two Novels by Raymond Williams. In: Eduardo de Gregorio Godeo, Ángel Mateos Aparicio (Ed.), Culture and Power: Identity and Identification: (pp. 161-174). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Desire Called Utopia, A Utopia Called Community: Exile, Identity and Resistance in Two Novels by Raymond Williams
2013 (English)In: Culture and Power: Identity and Identification / [ed] Eduardo de Gregorio Godeo, Ángel Mateos Aparicio, Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, p. 161-174Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246078 (URN)1-4438-4200-1 (ISBN)978-1-4438-4200-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2016-04-21
del Valle Alcalá, R. (2013). A Multitude of Hopes: Humanism and Subjectivity in E.P. Thompson and Antonio Negri. Culture, Theory and Critique, 54(1), 74-87
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Multitude of Hopes: Humanism and Subjectivity in E.P. Thompson and Antonio Negri
2013 (English)In: Culture, Theory and Critique, ISSN 1473-5784, E-ISSN 1473-5776, Vol. 54, no 1, p. 74-87Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2013
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
English; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-246019 (URN)10.1080/14735784.2012.742729 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-03-02 Created: 2015-03-02 Last updated: 2017-12-04
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