Keep writing: the critique of the university in Roberto Bolaño's 2666

Eve, Martin Paul (2016) Keep writing: the critique of the university in Roberto Bolaño's 2666. Textual Practice, 5 (3). pp. 949-964. ISSN 0950-236X

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Abstract

Roberto Bolaño's 2666 is a novel that can be situated, aesthetically, within the traditions of utopian fiction and the North American encyclopaedic, postmodern novel. It is also, however, a text that is exemplary of a type of didacticism that cloaks its mechanism behind an overloaded structure. One of the explicit targets of this didacticism is the neoliberal university that, in 2666, is structurally twinned with the police department and is thus complicit in the novel's femicides. This article suggests the ways in which Bolaño's novel attempts to discipline the academy while also outlining its mode of crypto-didacticism. Taking theoretical cues from Theodor W. Adorno and Pierre Bourdieu, this article reads 2666 as a metafictional work that signals its own desire to teach, thereby representing a fresh approach for ethics in the postmodern novel and beyond.

Keywords:Roberto Bolaño, 2666, Didacticism, university, neoliberalism, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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ID Code:15365
Deposited On:09 Oct 2014 08:41

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