The World is Already Without Us

Toscano, Alberto. 2016. The World is Already Without Us. Social Text, 34(2), pp. 109-124. ISSN 0164-2472 [Article]

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This article revisits the problematic of the cognitive mapping of capital by probing the affinity between two representational predicaments: the depopulated nature of images of human-altered landscapes in the “new topographics” photography and its epigones, and the current debate over the definition of the Anthropocene. It looks in Fredric Jameson’s treatment of the time of capital, and of the place therein of dead labor, for a clue to critically rethink both these phenomena, revealing their profound affinity in the aporia besetting our thinking of historical agency under capitalist conditions. The article concludes with a brief reflection on what it might mean to define communism in this light as the “resurrection of dead labor.”

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Anthropocene, capital, Fredric Jameson, photography, representation

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12 September 2015Accepted
2 June 2016Published

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10 Nov 2017 10:38

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