When the two sevens clash: David Peace's Nineteen Seventy-Seven as 'occult history'

Lockwood, Dean (2013) When the two sevens clash: David Peace's Nineteen Seventy-Seven as 'occult history'. In: Twenty-first century fiction: what happens now. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 49-65. ISBN 9781137035172

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David Peace’s Nineteen Seventy-Seven can be understood as part of a genealogical strain in contemporary literature. The novel, a ‘refrain’ or ‘fabulation’ (as distinct from realist representation, after the work of Deleuze and Guattari), maps a fusion of media and capital - a ‘connective mutation’ (Berardi) - by which the human has been inserted into a flexibilized yet algorithmically predetermined regime of work. This vision of Yorkshire and its crimes evokes a paralysis of history, a loss of ability to integrate and organize experience, a psychopathological intensity of fear, but at the same time offers an ‘occult’ route into the untimeliness and virtuality of these events which exceeds the actual historical record and, against all the odds, offers unsuspected hope. Its horrors gesture redemptively towards an occluded collective body which stands against the automatism of the present and the recombinant machine of ‘semiocapitalism’.

Keywords:Refrain, Fabulation, Connective Mutation, Occult History, The Red Riding Quartet, Semiocapitalism, David Peace
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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ID Code:11832
Deposited On:13 Sep 2013 07:57

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