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Contributor Archive: David Cunningham

Genre without genre

Romanticism, the novel and the new
by / RP 196 (Mar/Apr 2016) / Dossier, Romantic Transdisciplinarity 1

Form, as it is mastered, becomes attenuated; it becomes dissociated from any liturgy, rule, yardstick; the epic is discarded in favour of the novel, verse in favour of prose; there is no longer any orthodoxy, and form is as free as the will of its creator.

Gustave Flaubert [1]

‘Just as our literature began …


A Marxist heresy?

Accelerationism and its discontents
by / RP 191 (May/Jun 2015) / Article, Future Stasis

In his study of the semantics of historical time, Reinhart Koselleck proposes that ‘two specific determinants’ characterize modernity’s ‘new experience of transition: the expected otherness of the future and, associated with it, the alteration in the rhythm of temporal experience: acceleration, by means of which one’s own time is distinguished from what went before’. If …


The contingency of cheese

On Fredric Jameson’s The Antinomies of Realism
by / RP 187 (Sept/Oct 2014) / Article

Fredric Jameson has been a busy man over the last decade. As well as two massive tomes on science fiction and modernism, combining republished essays with extensive new material, there has been a trilogy of books on Hegel and Marx which have sought to defend dialectical thinking from its discontents both internal and external to …


Rock as minimal modernism

Lou Reed, 1942–2013


by / RP 183 (Jan/Feb 2014) / Obituary

I wouldn’t recommend me as entertainment. – Lou Reed, 1978

It has acquired the status of a primal scene. 1964. A party in New York’s Lower East Side, the mythical site of the period. Terry Phillips, an executive at Pickwick Records, meets two ‘long-haired’ young men. Thinking they look the part, he asks them if they …


Here comes the new

Deadwood and the historiography of capitalism
by / RP 180 (July/Aug 2013) / Article

We are swept up, are we not, by the large events and forces of our times?

A.W. Merrick, Deadwood, Season 3

Shown across three twelve-episode series that began in 2004, Deadwood is one of several recent television programmes to develop long, serially formatted narratives of a complexity and scale hitherto unusual in its medium. …


178 Reviews

Books Reviewed:
Massimilliano Tomba, Marx’s Temporalities
Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance
Edward Baring, The Young Derrida and French Philosophy, 1945–1968
Eyal Weizman, The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, eds, The Dunayevskaya–Marcuse–Fromm Correspondence Louis Althusser, Cours sur Rousseau
McKenzie Wark, The Beach Beneath the Street: The Curious Times and Everyday Life of the Situationist International
Richard Gilman-Opalsky, Spectacular Capitalism: Guy Debord and the Practice of Radical Philosophy
Julie Stephens, Confronting Postmaternal Thinking: Feminism, Memory and Care
Routledge, Security Studies: New Titles and Key Backlist, 2012
After History: Alexandre Kojève as a Photographer, BAK, Utrecht, 20 May-15 July 2012
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Only a poet can save us

by / RP 178 (Mar/Apr 2013) / Review

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance, Semiotext(e), Los Angeles, 2012. 173 pp., £9.95 pb., 978 1 58435 112 2.

This is the fourteenth book to be published in Semiotext(e)’s Intervention series of pocket-sized texts. Launched with the translation of The Invisible Committee’s The Coming Insurrection in 2009, it evidently seeks to revive …


176 Reviews

Books Reviewed:

Benoît Peeters, Derrida: A Biography

Simon Critchley, The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology

Claudia Aradau and Rens Van Munster, Politics of Catastrophe: Genealogies of the Unknown
Stuart Price, Worst Case Scenario? Governance, Mediation and the Security Regime

Martin Breaugh, L’Expérience Plébéienne

Tina Chanter, Whose Antigone? The Tragic Marginalization of Slavery

Stella Sandford, Plato and Sex

Alain Badiou, with Nicolas Truong, In Praise of Love

Yehoshua Yakhot, The Suppression of Philosophy in the USSR: The 1920s & 1930s

Jay Lampert, Simultaneity and Delay: A Dialectical Theory of Staggered Time


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Grande biog

by / RP 176 (Nov/Dec 2012) / Review

Benoît Peeters, Derrida: A Biography, trans. Andrew Brown, Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden MA, 2012. 603 pp., £25.00 hb., 978 0 74565 615 1.

‘What matter who’s speaking, someone said, what matter who’s speaking?’ Despite post-structuralist philosophies’ association with Beckettian questions such as these, they remain surprisingly bound to what Foucault …


173 Reviews

Books Reviewed:

Patricia Ticineto Clough and Craig Willse, eds, Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death
Stephen J. Collier, Post-Soviet Social: Neoliberalism, Social Modernity, Biopolitics
Roberto Esposito, Immunitas: The Protection and Negation of Life

Ben Watson, Adorno for Revolutionaries

Tosaka Jun, Ideologie, Medien, Alltag: Eine Auswahl ideologiekritischer, kulturund medientheoretischer und geschictsphilosophischer Schriften

Jussi Parikka, Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology

Arthur Bradley, Originary Technicity: The Theory of Technology from Marx to Derrida

Costas Panayotakis, Remaking Scarcity: From Capitalist Inefficiency to Economic Democracy

Dominic Pettman, Human Error: Species-Being and Media Machines

Donna V. Jones, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négritude, Vitalism, and Modernity

Timothy Bewes, The Event of Postcolonial Shame

Claudio Calia and Antonio Negri, Antonio Negri Illustrated: Interview in Venice


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Elementary

by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Review

Ben Watson, Adorno for Revolutionaries, Unkant, London, 2011. 217 pp., £10.99 pb., 978 0 95681 760 0.

David Cunningham

In a much-cited March 1936 letter to Walter Benjamin, Adorno famously remarks of the separation between autonomous art and mass culture that, while both ‘bear the stigmata of capitalism’, and ‘both contain elements of …


170 Reviews

Books Reviewed:

Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Literature

Judith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Cornell West, The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere
Clayton Crockett, Radical Political Theology

Niilo Kauppi,Radicalism in French Culture

Heiko Schmid, Wolf-Dietrich Sahr and John Urry, eds., Cities and Fascination: Beyond the Surplus of Meaning

Adrian Mackenzie, Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network Culture

Encarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Migration, Domestic Work and Affect: A Decolonial Approach on Value and the Feminization of Labor

Andrew Kolin, State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush


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Flaubert’s parrot

by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Review

Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Literature, trans. Julie Rose, Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden MA, 2011. 215 pp., £55.00 hb., £17.99 pb., 978 0 74564 531 5 hb., 978 0 74564 530 8 pb.

David Cunningham

The ongoing role played by French philosophy in underwriting the contemporaneity of anglophone theory has entailed, since …


Capitalist Epics

Abstraction, totality and the theory of the novel
by / RP 163 (Sep/Oct 2010) / Article

In our recent highlight from RP163, David Cunningham examines the relationship between Lukács’ ‘The Theory of the Novel’ and his later Marxist works, and its asks how we are to read this work today.


J.G. Ballard, 1930–2009

by / RP 156 (Jul/Aug 2009) / Obituary


Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf

Propaganda architecture
by , , and / RP 154 (Mar/Apr 2009) / Interview


Walking into walls: Academic freedom, the Israeli Left and the occupation within

by / RP 150 (Jul/Aug 2008) / News


145 Reviews

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Antonio Negri, The Political Descartes: Reason, Ideology and the Bourgeois Project Knox Peden

Pascale Casanova, Samuel Beckett: Anatomy of a Literary Revolution Andrew Gibson, Beckett and Badiou: The Pathos of Intermittency David Cunningham

Massimo Montanari, Food is Culture Ken Hirschkop

Dave Boothroyd, Culture on Drugs: Narco-cultural Studies of High Modernity Christian Kerslake

Noel Castree and …


Slumming it

Mike Davis’s grand narrative of urban revolution


by / RP 142 (Mar/Apr 2007) / Article


Answering the question: What is to be done?

Dossier: documenta 12 magazines project


by / RP 141 (Jan/Feb 2007) / Article, documenta 12 magazines project, Dossier

The question ʻWhat is to be done?ʼ, Adorno remarked, frequently ʻsabotages the logical progress of knowledge that alone allows for changeʼ . However, despite being always-already-inscribed within the imperatives of instrumental rationality, it is, he acknowledged, nonetheless ʻunavoidableʼ.1 This is especially so for the Left, and for a radical philosophy that is obliged to consider …