Keep writing: the critique of the university in Roberto Bolaño's 2666
Eve, Martin Paul (2015) Keep writing: the critique of the university in Roberto Bolaño's 2666. Textual Practice , ISSN 0950-236X.
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Roberto Bolaño's 2666 is a novel that can be situated, aesthetically, within the traditions of utopian fiction and the North American encyclopaedic, postmodern novel. It is also, however, a text that is exemplary of a type of didacticism that cloaks its mechanism behind an overloaded structure. One of the explicit targets of this didacticism is the neoliberal university that, in 2666, is structurally twinned with the police department and is thus complicit in the novel's femicides. This article suggests the ways in which Bolaño's novel attempts to discipline the academy while also outlining its mode of crypto-didacticism. Taking theoretical cues from Theodor W. Adorno and Pierre Bourdieu, this article reads 2666 as a metafictional work that signals its own desire to teach, thereby representing a fresh approach for ethics in the postmodern novel and beyond.
|Keyword(s) / Subject(s):||Roberto Bolaño, 2666, didacticism, university, neoliberalism|
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities|
|Research Centre:||Contemporary Literature, Centre for|
|Depositing User:||Martin Paul Eve|
|Date Deposited:||06 Jul 2015 08:14|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2016 15:36|
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