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.
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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, http://www.dukeupress.edu. 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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