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British working-class fiction : narratives of refusal and the struggle against work

Author: Roberto Del Valle Alcalá
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2016.
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"British Fiction and the Struggle Against Work offers an account of British literary responses to work from the 1950s to the onset of the financial crisis of 2008/9. Roberto del Valle Alcal ̀argues that throughout this period, working-class writing developed new strategies of resistance against the social discipline imposed by capitalist work. As the latter becomes an increasingly pervasive and inescapable form of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberto Del Valle Alcalá
ISBN: 9781474273763 1474273769
OCLC Number: 931922127
Description: 1 online resource (x, 198 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction: British Fiction and the Struggle Against Work 2. Between Capitalist Subsumption and Proletarian Independence: Alan Sillitoe, David Storey, and the Post-war Working Class2.1. From Consensus to Antagonism, or, the Post-war Rebirth of Subjectivity2.2. From the Factory to the Social: Alan Sillitoe's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and `The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner'2.3. Capitalist Subjectivation in David Storey's This Sporting Life 3. Reproductive Work and Working-class Resistance in Transition: Nell Dunn and Pat Barker3.1. Desire and the Labour of Subjectivity in Nell Dunn's Up the Junction and Poor Cow3.2. Reproduction in Revolt: Biopolitics in Pat Barker's Union Street3.3. Prostitution, Death, and the Subversion of Life in Blow Your House Down 4. Proletarian Exodus and Resistance in James Kelman and Irvine Welsh4.1. The Collapse of Measure: Postmodern Abstraction and Proletarian Flight in James Kelman4.2. Beyond Civil Society: On Irvine Welsh's Skagboys 5. Work in Crisis: Madness and (the Unworking of) Civilisation in Monica Ali and Joanna Kavenna5.1. Nomad Bodies, Precarious Minds: On Monica Ali's In the Kitchen5.2. `Madness, or, the Absence of Work': On Joanna Kavenna's Inglorious 6. Conclusion: A Workless Future for British Fiction?
Responsibility: Roberto del Valle Alcalá.

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"British Fiction and the Struggle Against Work offers an account of British literary responses to work from the 1950s to the onset of the financial crisis of 2008/9. Roberto del Valle Alcal ̀argues that throughout this period, working-class writing developed new strategies of resistance against the social discipline imposed by capitalist work. As the latter becomes an increasingly pervasive and inescapable form of control and as its nature grows abstract, diffuse, and precarious, writing about it acquires a new antagonistic quality, producing new forms of subjective autonomy and new imaginaries of a possible life beyond its purview. By tracing a genealogy of working-class authors and texts that in various ways defined themselves against the social discipline imposed by post-war capitalism, this book analyses the strategies adopted by workers in their attempts to identify and combat the source of their oppression. Drawing on the work of a wide range of theorists including Deleuze and Guattari, Giorgio Agamben and Antonio Negri, Alcal ̀offers a systematic and innovative account of British literary treatments of work. The book includes close readings of fiction by Alan Sillitoe, David Storey, Nell Dunn, Pat Barker, James Kelman, Irvine Welsh, Monica Ali, and Joanna Kavenna."--Bloomsbury Publishing.

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