On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing

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Nicholas Thoburn

Presenting what he terms “a communism of textual matter,” Nicholas Thoburn explores the encounter between political thought and experimental writing and publishing. He takes a “post-digital” approach to a wide array of textual media forms, inviting us to challenge the commodity form of books—to stop imagining books as transcendent intellectual, moral, and aesthetic goods unsullied by commerce.

Background photo by Da Nina on Unsplash.

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    Portions of chapter 2 were published as “Communist Objects and the Values of Printed Matter,” Social Text 28, no. 2 (2010): 1–31; copyright 2010 Duke University Press; all rights reserved; reprinted by permission of the publisher, Duke University Press, Portions of chapter 3 were published as “The Strangest Cult: Material Forms of the Political Book through Deleuze and Guattari,” Deleuze Studies 7, no. 1 (2013): 53–82. Portions of chapter 5 were published as “Ceci n’est pas un magazine: The Politics of Hybrid Media in Mute Magazine,” New Media and Society 14, no. 5 (2012): 815–31. Portions of chapter 6 were published as “To Conquer the Anonymous: Authorship and Myth in the Wu Ming Foundation,” Cultural Critique 78 (2011): 119–50.

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