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    State–Bourgeoisie Relations Under Neoliberalism with Turkish Characteristics.Umut Bozkurt - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):188-228.
    This article aims to analyse state–bourgeoisie relations in the era of AKP-rule in Turkey, with a specific focus on the 2018 economic crisis. It will discuss the following question: How did the AKP regime position itself with respect to the interests of the first- and second-generation bourgeoisie? Especially after 2010, the AKP was criticised for carrying out an extra-economic intervention in the sphere of accumulation as well as providing benefits to the Islamic second-generation bourgeoisie. This article draws on a Marxist (...)
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  2. The Economics of Modern Imperialism.Guglielmo Carchedi & Michael Roberts - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):23-69.
    This work focuses exclusively on the modern economic aspects of imperialism. We define it as a persistent and long-term net appropriation of surplus value by the high-technology imperialist countries from the low-technology dominated countries. This process is placed within the secular tendential fall in profitability, not only in the imperialist countries but also in the dominated ones. We identify four channels through which surplus value flows to the imperialist countries: currency seigniorage; income flows from capital investments; unequal exchange through trade; (...)
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    Notes For a Discussion on Unequal Exchange and the Marxist Theory of Dependency.Mariano Féliz - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):114-152.
    The debate on the decline of the terms of trade in dependent countries was never fully integrated into the Marxist theory of dependency. The attempt to articulate it through the category of unequal exchange was not particularly systematic. This paper seeks to recover those debates and will attempt to account for the relevant articulations in the light of a present revitalisation of studies in the field of Marxist dependency theory. To this end, we will recover the classical discussions around unequal (...)
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  4. The Commodities Fetish? Financialisation and Finance Capital in the US Oil Industry.Adam Hanieh - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):70-113.
    This article explores the financialisation of the world’s most important commodity, oil. It argues that much of the literature on the financialisation of commodities tends to adopt a dualistic approach to financial markets and physical producers, where financial and non-financial activities are assumed to be externally-related and counterposed to one another. The article locates the roots of this analytical separation in a mistaken acceptance of the fetish character of interest-bearing capital – a view that the exchange of loanable sums of (...)
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    The Lives of Marx: Hägglund and Marx’s Philosophy After Pippin and Postone.Michael Lazarus - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):229-262.
    To make ‘philosophy worldly’ often requires an act of translation. In This Life, Martin Hägglund argues for the relevance of Marx to our contemporary lives. By way of a lively and sophisticated dialogue between philosophical interlocutors – including Hegel and Marx – Hägglund offers a compelling account of the relation between time, value and freedom. This Life translates current issues in academic philosophy into a popular register that does not reduce the complexity of the issues but shows what is at (...)
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    History, Materialism, Historical Materialism: A Response to Carolyn Lesjak and Stefano Ercolino.Franco Moretti - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):263-271.
    Written in response to Carolyn Lesjak and Stefano Ercolino, this article reconstructs the author’s changing relationship to historical materialism.
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    ‘The Soviet Problem’ in Post-Soviet Russian Marxism, or the Afterlife of the USSR.Vladimir Tikhonov - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):153-187.
    The present article deals with different Marxist theories on the Soviet experience, which emerged in post-Soviet Russophone Marxist or neo-Marxist scholarship. The article demonstrates that these theories – if we leave the remaining ‘Marxist-Leninists’ of the classical Soviet type aside and focus on critical, post-Soviet Marxism – may be classified as either ‘fundamentally rejectionist’ or ‘Thermidorian’. The former, in line with the seminal criticisms of K. Kautsky and other early opponents of Lenin, reject the socialist nature of the October 1917 (...)
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    Fascists, Freedom, and the Anti-State State.Alberto Toscano - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (4):3-21.
    Most theorisations of fascism, Marxist and otherwise, have taken for granted its idolatry of the state and phobia of freedom. This analytical common sense has also inhibited the identification of continuities with contemporary movements of the far Right, with their libertarian and anti-statist affectations, not to mention their embeddedness in neoliberal policies and subjectivities. Drawing on a range of diverse sources – from Johann Chapoutot’s histories of Nazi intellectuals to Ruth Wilson Gilmore’s theorisation of the anti-state state, and from Marcuse’s (...)
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    Jameson with Lacan.Clint Burnham - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):187-197.
    What does it mean to bring Marxism and psychoanalysis together at this conjuncture? Such a project has been a throughline, arguably, for Fredric Jameson’s work for the past four decades. In this review-article, I read his chapter on Lacan and Hamlet for how it helps us to understand, not only how Jameson’s ruminations on desire and neurosis highlight the social tendencies in Lacanian theory, but also how that relationship throws new light on both the Marxist project and psychoanalysis proper.
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    Jameson on Allegory: Notes From the Periphery.Maria Elisa Cevasco - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):151-161.
    This piece makes a comment on the usefulness of allegory as a mode of reading, by way of an examination of the representation of nationalism in Jameson and in Antonio Candido.
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    Lockdown Politics: A Response to Panagiotis Sotiris.Gareth Dale - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):247-262.
    In ‘Thinking Beyond the Lockdown’, Panagiotis Sotiris argues that lockdowns are repressive and should be opposed. In this response I take issue with his analysis. He posits the existence of a ‘lockdown strategy’ which has little relation to reality. He identifies lockdowns with neoliberalism, flirts with the Great Barrington project, and calls for anti-lockdown resistance – without so much as a glance at the right-wing libertarian camps that are also staked out on this terrain. On these points, and in respect (...)
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    Introduction to the Italian Translation of Fredric Jameson’s Marxism and Form.Franco Fortini & Toscano Alberto - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):235-246.
    This text is essayist, critic and poet Franco Fortini’s introduction to the Italian translation of Fredric Jameson’s Marxism and Form. Fortini frames his assessment of Jameson in terms of a contrast with the Italian reception of the dialectical criticism assayed in Marxism and Form.
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    The First Workers’ Government in History: Karl Marx’s Addenda to Lissagaray’s History of the Commune of 1871.Daniel Gaido - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):49-112.
    In Marxist circles it is common to refer to Karl Marx’s The Civil War in France for a theoretical analysis of the historical significance of the Paris Commune, and to Prosper-Olivier Lissagaray’s History of the Commune of 1871 for a description of the facts surrounding the insurrection of the Paris workers and its repression by the National Assembly led by Adolphe Thiers. What is less well-known is that Marx himself oversaw the German translation of Lissagaray’s book and made numerous additions (...)
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    The Jamesonian Impersonal; or, Person as Allegory.Daniel Hartley - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):174-186.
    This article locates Fredric Jameson’s Allegory and Ideology in the context of the broader trajectory of his career-long critique of the bourgeois centred subject. It argues that, for Jameson, the project of critique requires systematic depersonalisation at the level of thought. Contrary to negative liberal humanist interpretations of depersonalisation, Jameson stresses its hidden, revolutionary potential. Where his earlier work eschewed metanarratives of modernity premised upon shifts in subjectivity, preferring conjunctural or situational analyses, his more recent work – Antinomies of Realism (...)
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    On Levels and Categories.Fredric R. Jameson - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):221-233.
    This article is a response by the author to the contributions to the Historical Materialism symposium on Allegory and Ideology. The reply is framed in terms of the different theoretical strategies through which the articulation of ‘Marx’ and ‘Freud’ has been carried out, namely the precarious syntheses of Freudo-Marxism, the homological method pioneered by Lucien Goldmann, and the theory of allegorical levels and transcoding explored in Allegory and Ideology. It critically engages with the openings and challenges posed by the various (...)
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    The Future Perfect, Otherwise: Narrative, Abstraction and History in the Work of Fredric Jameson.Leigh Claire La Berge - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):211-220.
    There has long been a tension in Fredric Jameson’s work regarding the extent to which it is possible or warranted to develop transhistorical categories for literary interpretation across of the whole of the capitalist mode of production. In my contribution to this symposium, I take up the problem of how Jameson’s Allegory and Ideology participates in such questions in its consideration of periodisation and narrativisation through the particular construction of allegory, from the early modern age to our financial present.
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    Difference Relates: Allegory, Ideology, and the Anthropocene.Carolyn Lesjak - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):123-133.
    Fredric Jameson’s recent book, Allegory and Ideology, argues that allegory has become a ‘social symptom’, an attempt during moments of historical crisis to represent reality even as that reality, rife with contradictory levels, eludes representation. Mobilising the fourfold medieval system of allegory he first introduced in The Political Unconscious, Jameson traces a formal history of attempts to come to terms with the ‘multiplicities’ and incommensurable levels that emerge within modernity and postmodernity. This article identifies the complexities of Jameson’s understanding of (...)
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    Seize the Means of Carbon Removal: The Political Economy of Direct Air Capture.Andreas Malm & Wim Carton - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):3-48.
    The left must confront the politics of removing carbon from the atmosphere – a topic rapidly making its way to the top of the climate agenda. We here examine the technology of direct air capture, tracing its intellectual origins and laying bare the political economy of its current manifestations. We find a space crowded with ideology-laden metaphors, ample fossil-capital entanglements and bold visions for a new, ethereal frontier of capital accumulation. These diversions must be cut short if a technology with (...)
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    Everything for Me Turns Into Allegory.Gabriele Pedullà - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):198-210.
    While being an important tile of Jameson’s whole theoretical project, Allegory and Ideology leaves some key questions not fully answered. Briefly put, these questions concern the meanings and limits of allegory; the unstable relationship between allegory and allegoresis in the Western cultural tradition; and the special place allegory plays or could play in postmodern culture. Solving these problems – in the footsteps of Jameson’s magisterial inquiry – will be crucial especially for Marxist critics.
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    Elsewhere and Otherwise.Alberto Toscano - 2021 - Historical Materialism 29 (1):113-122.
    This text introduces the symposium on Fredric Jameson’s Allegory and Ideology, the second volume in his six-part The Poetics of Social Forms. It frames the debate with a brief exploration of some of the figures and problems of allegory that appear across Jameson’s œuvre, and surveys some of the Marxist conceptualisations of allegory that have shaped Jameson’s approach, as it straddles allegories of the commodity and allegories of utopia. The musical investigation of the nexus of allegory and affect, and the (...)
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