Abierto las 24 horas

Estética y (súper)mercado

  • Fermín Adrián Rodríguez The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)-University of Buenos Aires-
Keywords precarious work, biopolitics fiction, affective regimen, performativity, neoliberalism in Latin America, literature and labor
Keywords precarious work, biopolitics fiction, affective regimen, performativity, neoliberalism in Latin America, literature and labor

Abstract

 


Diamela Eltit’s novelMano de obra(2002) is an inquiry from a biopolitical perspective into a new territorialization of desire and power rooted in the body and its affections. The novel explores from the point of view of the body of a post-Fordist worker a type of domination dissolved in the materiality of a world imagined as a 24-hour shopping center--a multisensory complex,predictable and regulated, where the capitalist ambitionto absorb living work is fulfilled beyond the limitsof physical resistance. As an affective factory of late capitalism, the supermarket of Mano de obra is a site of production of subjectivity not reducible to the docile, individualized and trained body of the great institutions of confinement. Immersed in a space saturated with microscopic power relations, the subjects of Mano de obra are the affective workers of contemporary capitalism, built biopolitically by a terrifying affective atmosphere that erodes their labor contours until it becomes unrecognizable.


 

Author Biography

Fermín Adrián Rodríguez, The National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET)-University of Buenos Aires-

Fermín A. Rodríguez is a Conicet researcher, academic and literary critic. He has a degree in Literature from the University of Buenos Aires, and completed his PhD studies in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. He is the author of Un desierto para la nación (Eterna Cadencia, 2010), and the co-editor and translator with Gabriel Giorgi of Ensayos sobre biopolitica. Excesos de vida (Paidós, 2007). He is a translator, writes in different media and is a professor of literature and literary theory at the University of Buenos Aires.

Published
2019-05-03
Section
Dossier: El cuerpo del Trabajo: Precariedad