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By Mitchum Huehls

After critique' identifies an ontological flip in modern U.S. fiction that distinguishes our present literary second from either postmodernism and so-called post-postmodernism. This flip to ontology takes many types, yet typically After Critique highlights a physique of literature-work from Colson Whitehead, Uzodinma Iweala, Karen Yamasthia, Helena Viramontes, Percival Everett, Mat Johnson, Kim Stanley Robinson, Read more...


taking on 4 varied political themes-human rights, the relation among private and non-private house, racial justice, and environmentalism-After Critique means that the ontological types emerging Read more...

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As long as neoliberalism’s subjective and objective representations of the human remain distinct, we feel comfortable and confident inhabiting either role, although little is gained from doing so. The only truth that those representations consistently articulate is the abiding truth of market rationality: neoliberalism is always right. We cannot challenge the economization of everyday life by championing the non-quantifiable humanistic values that neoliberalism threatens to destroy because neoliberalism champions non-quantifiable humanistic values too.

And I’m so much more than data. When I’m in your store, do I feel at home? 8 Even as both advertisements suggest that we are not the sum total of our data, that we are uniquely individuated subjects irreducible to demographics, they also signal to IBM’s potential customers in the corporate sector that IBM’s best algorithms and computer technologies can deliver ideal neoliberal consumers, measurable and quantifiable cogs in the market machinery. This vacillation between subjective and objective representations of the human defines neoliberal discourse.

Things behave as signs to link themselves forward to other things in the world, which might in turn link themselves forward by functioning as signs as well. Thus, in lieu of poststructuralism’s chain of signifiers born from the unbridgeable abyss between signs and things, Latour sees a series of translations (Lash’s transmissions) producing a chain of things connected by each link’s double nature as thing and sign. This requires treating the same object first as a concrete piece of matter (a thing), next as an abstract form (a sign), and then once again as concrete matter: [A]‌t every stage, each element belongs to matter by its origin and to form by its destination; it is abstracted from a too-concrete domain before it becomes, at the next stage, too concrete again.

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