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Counterfeit CapitalPoetic Labor and Revolutionary Irony$
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Jennifer Bajorek

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758246

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758246.001.0001

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Animadversions (Technics after Capital)

Animadversions (Technics after Capital)

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Counterfeit Capital
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758246.003.0003

A written text that successfully marks out a site or space of critical distance and even a resistant stance in relation to capital gives us cause to ask whether there is not something about its language which stands up to capital's unprecedented powers of transformation. How might this textual or linguistic difference and power of resistance be connected with the technical yet noninstrumental conception of labor that Marx himself develops in the text of Capital? This chapter, which traces this conception through Marx's two codefinitions of labor in Capital (his definition of labor as a function of the human and his definition of labor as a function of the living body), begins by considering how language has fared to date in the theoretical discourse on capital.

Keywords:   Marx, Capital resistance, labor, theoretical discourse, language, human, living body

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