Sedimented Forms: Coming Back to Autonomy

Vishmidt, Marina. 2020. Sedimented Forms: Coming Back to Autonomy. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 22(3), pp. 1-5. ISSN 1481-4374 [Article]

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Can an object be autonomous when autonomy as a disposition or a relation becomes unavailable to its viewers? It could be argued that if there is no space left for an autonomy of the subject, the autonomy of the object becomes something akin to a Zen koan. The internal, unemphatic other to capitalist values becomes a talisman of another civilisation or spacetime, not ours.

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autonomy, critical theory, Adorno, cultural theory, popular culture, institutional critique, Marxism, labour

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Centre for Cultural Studies (1998-2017)
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


9 May 2020Accepted
11 November 2020Published

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04 Jan 2021 10:51

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28 Jul 2021 15:35

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