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Pasolini and exclusion: Žižek, Agamben and the modern sub-proletariat

Vighi, Fabio ORCID: 2003. Pasolini and exclusion: Žižek, Agamben and the modern sub-proletariat. Theory Culture & Society 20 (5) , pp. 99-121. 10.1177/02632764030205005

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This article combines a reading of Pasolini's first feature film, Accattone (1961), with an investigation into what the theory of subjectivity of Zizek and Agamben might mean for a critique of today's liberal-democratic, late-capitalist hegemony. More precisely, my article claims that Pasolini's scandalous over-identification with the Roman sub-proletariat quaexcluded social class, in the context of Italy's modernization, should be read in conjunction with both Zizek's and Agamben's defence of the `abject subjects' of today's global order. Arguing against the de-politicizing trends of contemporary cultural studies, I suggest that it is only through the identification of (a politically rehabilitated notion of) universality with the point of exclusion of today's late-capitalist experience, that our cultural discourse can radically disturb the socio-symbolic field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Uncontrolled Keywords: class, ideology, Lacan, subjectivity, universality, void
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1460-3616
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:32

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