The Return of the Spectre: Gothic Marxism in The City & The City

Rowcroft, Andrew (2019) The Return of the Spectre: Gothic Marxism in The City & The City. Gothic Studies . ISSN 1362-7937

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This article argues for China Miéville’s The City & The City (2009) as a gothic Marxist fiction that articulates new modalities of communist expression which productively ‘haunt’ the work of the ‘Idea of Communism’ conferences. Firstly, the essay establishes a relationship between Marx and the gothic tradition, showing how Marx has long been concerned with the gothic mode as a vital explanatory framework for representing capital. Secondly, the essay enacts a comparative presentation between Miéville’s novel and the recent contributions of communist intellectual Alain Badiou. Through this process, Miéville’s novel becomes a powerful symbolic engagement with selected aspects of twenty-first century communism, unearthing new and productive relations with radical left thought while refusing to fully banish, conquer, or forget the history of the twentieth-century effort.

Keywords:Marxism and literature, British Literature, China Mieville
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:36519
Deposited On:26 Jul 2019 10:48

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