Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism

DavidMcNally / Mar 30, 2020
Monsters of the Market Zombies Vampires and Global Capitalism Monsters of the Market investigates the rise of capitalism through the prism of the body panics it arouses Drawing on folklore literature and popular culture the book links tales of monstrosity from
  • Title: Monsters of the Market: Zombies, Vampires and Global Capitalism
  • Author: DavidMcNally
  • ISBN: 9789004201576
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Monsters of the Market investigates the rise of capitalism through the prism of the body panics it arouses Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, the book links tales of monstrosity from early modern England, including Mary Shelley s Frankenstein, to a spate of recent vampire and zombie fables from sub Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx s persistMonsters of the Market investigates the rise of capitalism through the prism of the body panics it arouses Drawing on folklore, literature and popular culture, the book links tales of monstrosity from early modern England, including Mary Shelley s Frankenstein, to a spate of recent vampire and zombie fables from sub Saharan Africa, and it connects these to Marx s persistent use of monster metaphors in his descriptions of capitalism Reading across these tales of the grotesque, Monsters of the Market offers a novel account of the cultural and corporeal economy of a global market system The book thus makes original contributions to political economy, cultural theory, commodification studies and body theory Winner of the 2012 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize.
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    1. This is the best, most evocative, most courageous and potent book I have read this year I am pretty obsessed with books exploring the financial crisis Why have we accepted this zombie capitalism after the GFC Why has this crazy business as usual continued even after the clear failure of neo liberalism and finance capitalism in 2008 David McNally answers my questions He arches back to proto industrial systems of inequality and reveals the metaphors and actualities of monsters, grave robbers and t [...]


    2. so basically vampires are capitalists, the undead are workers, stripped of their individuality etc by capitalism and becoming pure labour power stories of monsters and magic help defetishise capitalism by exposing the unnaturalness of it talk of monsters has been used by the working class to show how unnatural it is and by the ruling class to mark off workers stuff about dismemberment and anatomy dissections as ruling class punishment on the poor and also symbolic of what workers became ie capit [...]


    3. To grasp the invisible powers of capitalist exploitation and accumulation requires the night vision made possible by a dialectical optics



    4. I learned about this book at the Midwest British Studies conference, and as soon as I realized that McNally s work here pertained to an ongoing project of mine related to a postcolonial reading of space in Clive Barker s Hellraiser, I ordered the book right away Although Monsters of the Market does not touch Hellraiser or any of its contemporaries, McNally does engage with a wealth of Marxist analysis of zombies and vampires across numerous cultures, as well as Frankenstein s monster The end res [...]


    5. This book was a great expose of the way capitalism works to alienate and appropriate us It looked at various novels such as Mary Shelley s Frankenstein then travelled via connections to Marx to Africa to look at the colonialism, needless poverty, laboring there and the way all this has given rise to stories about zombies and witches.It was a tough read and written in very large, dense chunks but worth the effort One of my favourite things was the way he kept nodding to feminism, critiquing every [...]


    6. My review is at press for science fiction scholarship journal _Extrapolation_ Suffice to say here that this is one of the most importatn and most creative scholarly books I ve read, ranking with works like White and Stallybrass _Politics and Poetics of Transgression_ as an essential explanation of everyday life under globalized late capitalism.



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