Ignoble Displacement: Dispossessed Capital in Neo-Dickensian London

Ignoble Displacement: Dispossessed Capital in Neo-Dickensian London

By: Stephanie Polsky (author)Paperback

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We live in a time of great social, political and economic crisis that many date to the collapse of the global banking system in 2008. Many are finding it difficult to contextualise the hardships that have taken place in the years following on from those events. It is difficult to find the answers in our present media landscape, or in a political and intellectual climate that continues to laud capitalism as the winning economic system coming out of both World War II and the end of the Cold War, which has become over the last century synonymous with democracy itself. The irony is that in our times the majority of the world's people feel disenfranchised by both capitalism and democracy. How did we come to this historical juncture? What can we learn not just from history, but from our cultural artefacts that might tell us how we first came to conduct ourselves within a system of global finance capitalism? This volume proposes that we reinterpret the writings of Charles Dickens to find the antecedents of our present situation with regards to capital, empire and subjectivity.

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Stephanie Polsky has written on contemporary culture, critical theory, and visual culture in a range of books and academic journals including Walter Benjamin and History, Parallax, Colloquy, /seconds and Jacobin Magazine. As an interdisciplinary writer/academic she is interested in political economy, cultural identity and the revelatory points of intersection held between the two. She has lectured widely in Media and Cultural Studies, Critical Theory and Visual Culture at a number of prestigious UK institutions including Goldsmiths College, Winchester School of Art, University of Greenwich, and Regent's University London. She holds a PhD in the History of Ideas from Goldsmiths College (University of London), an MA in Critical Theory (University of Sussex) and a BA in Critical Theory and Photography (Hampshire College). Her first book Walter Benjamin's Transit: A Destructive Tour of Modernity was published by Academica Press in 2010 and remains widely available.

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  • publication date: 25/09/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781782798804
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 321
  • ID: 9781782798804
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 1782798803

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