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boundary 2 (1 August 2016) 43 (3): 105–129.
Published: 01 August 2016
... in the discourse arise because political economists are speaking “the language of commodities.” In this sense, Marx's “science” is the practice of translation. Building on the grounding insight that scientific knowledge descends into ideology by misrecognizing the correct terrain of its concepts...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2013) 40 (3): 101–137.
Published: 01 August 2013
... global spectacle, together with the new social media, has contributed to the creation of “visual allure” as a place to build common sense and the ethics of hedonism. It does so not only by its ability to create a more extensive level of commodity fetishism but also by virtue of its ability to map on the...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2012) 39 (3): 97–124.
Published: 01 August 2012
.... Commodities, Markets, and Authors Let us assume for the moment that David Foster Wallace “com- pleted” The Pale King.1 In this scenario, we would read the novel in the form that its author delivered it to the publisher, in which case the “Editor’s Note” that introduces the novel and the...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 89–104.
Published: 01 February 2003
... antiquity and moder- nity in Baudelaire and indeed in French society in the mid-nineteenth cen- tury.9 The third section bears the title ‘‘The Commodity as Poetic Object’’ and 7. Walter Benjamin, Gesammelte Briefe...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2016) 43 (3): 1–26.
Published: 01 August 2016
...), 65; Benjamin, “Über Sprache überhaupt und über die Sprache des Menschen,” in Gesammelte Schriften, vol. 2.1, ed. Rolf Tiedemann and Hermann Schweppenhäuser (Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1977), 144. 4 boundary 2 / August 2016 abstraction. As such, it recapitulates the governing logic of the commodity...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2016) 43 (3): 79–104.
Published: 01 August 2016
... expression used by itself in Marx’s writings. The most frequent example is “relation to all commodities.” Depending on context, this expres- sion could be replaced by “general” or “totality.” I have in mind the contexts where Marx emphasizes that what is referenced by a symbol (say, money) is not some...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2005) 32 (3): 81–96.
Published: 01 August 2005
... Williams and take our cue instead from the Frankfurt School and its affiliates, who teach us that classical epistemology—the subject-object epistemology of German idealism—is the commodity in cognitive form. Now what does this mean? The most orthodox Marxism will tell us that there are two ways of...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2006) 33 (2): 203–234.
Published: 01 May 2006
.... In its other aspect, our hero takes the form of a commodity produced and dis- tributed by the English East India Company. Grown in the newly conquered Indian territories of Bengal and Bihar under the auspices of the company, the enormously profitable commodity was used to create markets in South...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 February 2003
... the Baudelaire folio marks a conceptual and theoretical turning point toward the category of the commodity and commodification, although the new materials and theory are less finished than those of the first half. Benjamin comes...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2005) 32 (2): 151–167.
Published: 01 May 2005
... world of the mundane and the everyday.1 In this world, political intensities are either repressed through instrumental reason or transported into the realm of the commodity fad. Desire is therefore either repressed or commodified. Theodor Adorno once noted that it is just this form of politics that...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2008) 35 (2): 107–124.
Published: 01 May 2008
.... 110  boundary 2 / Summer 2008 is what Georg Lukács calls “the structure of commodity-relations which removes all possibility of self-identity and stability. According to Lukács, a full-fledged capitalist society is where the structure of commodity-relations is no longer the “central problem...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2016) 43 (1): 209–218.
Published: 01 February 2016
... in this way: at the crossroads of commercial exchanges, in this temple of commodity fetishism that is a department store, the piano and the person who plays it both become the site for an economy of trans- actions. Or rather, and more precisely, the piano and its pianist appear henceforth as...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 31–49.
Published: 01 February 2003
... on the inside nor truly in the open’’ (AP, C3,4), in 6808 boundar a space belonging to everyone and no one. We linger, we drift, we finger the goods. ‘‘Something sacral, a vestige of the nave, still attaches to this row of commodities’’ (AP...
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boundary 2 (1 May 2012) 39 (2): 201–208.
Published: 01 May 2012
.... What Blackmur, Said, and others have taught us is that within the commodity form, professionalized intellectual work is insensitive to and betrays love as the necessary passion for imagination. Said developed this topic on many different occasions. Like C. L. R. James, he discussed the...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 131–142.
Published: 01 February 2003
..., although he was sometimes quite inconsistent in his atti- tudes toward it, as he veered between viewing fashion, on the one hand, as a manifestation of commodity culture—or, more specifically, of commodity fetishism—and, on the other...
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boundary 2 (1 August 2016) 43 (3): 29–77.
Published: 01 August 2016
... has been analyzed but nonetheless left obscure in the preceding pages, but also that they be read first, before the discussions of the commodity or the concept of relative surplus value, the analysis of the working day, or the explanation of the differences between mercantile and industrial...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2003) 30 (1): 51–66.
Published: 01 February 2003
... of things—the accelerated pace of life, the rapid transitions of modern media, the press of commodities and their programmed obsoles- y 2 / 30:1 / sheet 61 of 224 cence, and so on. At the same time, it is a covert measure of the ability to...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2016) 43 (1): 43–74.
Published: 01 February 2016
..., the “absolute artwork converges with the abso- lute commodity”8 at the point at which both are fetishes, but the former short-­circuits exchange-­value through its complete uselessness. Only the inhuman, abstract artwork can reveal the way in which capital as “dead labor” thrives vampire-­like...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2008) 35 (1): 109–125.
Published: 01 February 2008
... form of capitalism oriented toward the overproduc- tion of commodities. In the end, however, we need to ask whether Retort’s return to Guy Debord’s concept of spectacle can ultimately provoke the Left to move beyond its troubling polarization of critical thought versus political action...
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boundary 2 (1 February 2016) 43 (1): 173–208.
Published: 01 February 2016
... mechanical draft-­horse which the northern European labor became,” is nevertheless instructive. It proposes a readjustment of the universalist equalization of labor as labor-­power, as a commodity-­form that is quanti- fiable, exchangeable, and knowable, as it gestures toward a newly imag- ined quality...