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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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Introduction: Swindlers and Prophets

Introduction: Swindlers and Prophets

(p.1) Introduction: Swindlers and Prophets
Counterfeit Capital
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This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore what Baudelaire and Marx were thinking or wanted us to consider when they asked us to reflect on capital in an ironic way. Through their texts an attempt is made to track what an entire critical tradition has neglected or repressed when it has mistaken irony for something purely negative, in the sense of destructive, nihilistic, and even antipolitical.

Keywords:   Marx, Baudelaire, capital, irony

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