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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 445–464.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Bran Nicol Baudrillard appeared uninterested in the detective story and his work barely features in studies of the genre. This essay argues, however, that analyzing detective fiction from a Baudrillardian perspective – concentrating in particular on how the genre is structured around a tension...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2016) 12 (3): 263–278.
Published: 01 November 2016
... be seen.” Everything can be seen, if only we knew how to look. In order to learn how to look, in order to see what could be, we need to empty the frame of human subjects. Similar voiding strategies can be detected in urban science fiction, in both its literary and filmic forms. 7 It is not...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2013) 9 (2): 158–169.
Published: 01 July 2013
... can detect an ethics of thought and commentary at work in these early writings, one according to which the thinker must somehow find a way to imbue his text with a libidinal intensity equal to or greater than the work of art in question. © 2013 Duke University Press 2013 Kienholz libidinal sublime...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 431–444.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Douglas Morrey The french crime and science fiction novelist Maurice G. Dantec shares with Jean Baudrillard a profound Nietzschean inspiration and a postulation that the death of God has brought about a consequent murder of the real and the installation of twin illusions: that of an integral...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2007) 3 (1): 35–50.
Published: 01 March 2007
... logic of maximum efficiency internalized by the film's protagonist. As such the film questions the libertarian rhetoric of the open road and instead proposes that American fictions of free mobility mask the fact of containment by military-industrial imperatives. © BERG 2007 PRINTED IN THE UK 2007 road...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 325–338.
Published: 01 November 2011
... “obsessed by the mode of disappearance, and no longer by the mode of production” ( Baudrillard 1994: 162 ) – a term which, Baudrillard reminds us, originally carried the meaning of “making visible” or “forcing to appear” ( pro-ducere ) – Bran Nicol, in “Detective fiction and ‘The Original Crime’,” pitches...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 48–57.
Published: 01 March 2017
..., someone investigates why and exposes all the bones of the world in the process, and then the thing that was wrong is put right. In an unjust world, the justice served in murder mysteries can be very comforting. However, The City and the City belongs to the genre of detective noir fiction, in which...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2014) 10 (1): 40–61.
Published: 01 March 2014
... before curfew, because the police knew that he lived more than fifteen minutes away. In “The Mystery of Marie Roget,” Poe distinguished his fictional detective from a court of law, for “if justice presumed to know the truth of a past event, it would put itself in God’s place and one day could consider...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2013) 9 (3): 377–380.
Published: 01 November 2013
... Spaces”); 3. Jean Baudrillard (“Media Places”); 4. Marc Augé (“Non-Places”); 5. Paul Virilio (“Speed Space”); 6. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari (“Space and Becoming”); 7. Bruno Latour (“Common Spaces”); and 8. Étienne Balibar (“Spatial Fictions” or “Fictional Spaces”: fortuitously, the contents and...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2005) 1 (2): 233–242.
Published: 01 July 2005
... to creatures, a by-product of an overambitious determination to make rational killing machines, or did the designers deliberately draw on B-movie horror and science fiction to elicit irrational fear? The submarine's mixture of associations: its creature-like design, based originally on the sperm...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 163–183.
Published: 01 July 2015
... patterns. The gorgeous palette is a fiction, a result of his deployment of the false-color reversal film, Kodak Aerochrome, which renders greens into hot pinks and magentas. 2 Used for vegetation surveys and earth resources, not to mention the psychedelic album covers for Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 222–233.
Published: 01 July 2015
... respect always been as much about enhancing perception, improving surveillance, and resisting enemy detection as they have about weaponry. Here I would like to think more specifically about the notions of “captivating” and “capture,” the need to distort the perception of the enemy, to confuse and...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2008) 4 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 November 2008
... implication in a determining historical, cultural, and geopolitical moment. The corollary of this is a text in which novelistic realism is inseparable from a strain of political allegory. My second theme is the “principle of implosion.” The Cold War fiction that interests me discerns the principle of...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2010) 6 (3): 287–302.
Published: 01 November 2010
... not surprising to detect an implicit endorsement of democracy as a structural constraint on paranoia. Though subtly, in Crowds and Power the rudimentary institutional mechanisms of democracy – a system for removing leaders after a set time regardless of merit or desire, laws that allow dissent the...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 163–181.
Published: 01 July 2014
... present as a blueprint of a future where power is abstracted and withheld from a people who do not seem to know any better. But there is a crucial difference that distinguishes Gross’s work from Orwell’s. Unlike Orwell’s 1984 — which was a work of fiction at the time and has, at best, become a case of...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2007) 3 (1): 23–34.
Published: 01 March 2007
...; emphases in original) The prevailing thrust of Speed and Politics is toward demon strating that in the power relations of Cold War geopolitics can be detected an intensification of a tendency essential to military history in general: namely that the primary condition of success in battle is the ability...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2015) 11 (2): 234–245.
Published: 01 July 2015
... “losing sight of the enemy” ( Virilio 2005 : 78) or by summoning sight of the enemy on command. His powerful analytic capacities detect hostility and threat in a subject even before the subject has made a move. RoboCop/Murphy’s vision is thus effective remotely and in proximity. His capacity to strike the...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2009) 5 (3): 299–324.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Real. As Žižek puts it, “The easiest way to detect ideological surplus-enjoyment in an ideological formation is to read it as a dream, and analyze the displacement at work in it” (2002a: xci). The question, then, becomes: what is the social Real? As Žižek continues to repeat, the Real of society is...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2011) 7 (2): 165–188.
Published: 01 July 2011
... place us inside their vehicle. As the director explains, the intention was “to underscore the raw immediacy of [the] fictionalized but nonetheless observation-based material, trying to experientialize the result to the audience, so you feel like you're the fourth man in the Humvee; you're right there...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2015) 11 (3): 301–314.
Published: 01 November 2015
... experience into the theoretical fiction published as L’Empire des signes ( Empire of Signs ) in 1970, Barthes seemed to find a kind of liberation in the encounter with a seductive surface of signifiers that appeared to have no transcendental underpinning. As Edmund White put it, Japan, for Barthes, had...