By Joel Nickels
The Poetry of the potential challenges the traditional photo of modernism as a socially phobic formation, arguing that modernism’s abstractions and problems are methods of imagining unrealized powers of collective self-organization. constructing a conceptual continuum among modernism and modern theorists comparable to Paulo Virno, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, and Alain Badiou, Joel Nickels rediscovers modernism’s makes an attempt to rfile the artistic potenza of the multitude.
By interpreting scenes of collective existence in works through William Carlos Williams, Wyndham Lewis, Laura using, and Wallace Stevens, Nickels resurrects modernism’s obsession with constituent power: the uncooked, indeterminate capability for reciprocal assistance that always constitutes and reconstitutes confirmed political regimes. In doing so, he reminds us that our personal makes an attempt to visualize leaderless networks of collective initiative usually are not loads breaks with modernist sorts of wisdom as restagings of a few of modernism’s such a lot radical moments of political speculation.
Setting modernism’s person and collective versions of spontaneity in discussion with theorists of political spontaneity akin to Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse, and Theodor Adorno, Nickels retells the tale of modernism because the fight to symbolize powers of collective self-organization that lie open air confirmed regimes of political representation.
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