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'Allegories of the World System: Narratives of Dispossession in the Shadow of Empire' - Stephen Morton (University of Southampton)
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'Allegories of the World System: Narratives of Dispossession in the Shadow of Empire' - Stephen Morton (University of Southampton)

The persistence of allegory in the long and uneven development of global capitalist modernity raises profound questions about its meaning and function. If the signifying force of allegory is irreducibly marked by the religious values of its historical formation, what can allegory tell us about the secular world of commodity culture? How might allegory’s defining capacity to speak otherwise facilitate an understanding of the uneven and unequal historical process of dispossession and accumulation associated with the global expansion of capitalism? With reference to the fiction of Chinua Achebe, Helon Habila, and Tomson Highway, this paper suggests that modern allegory is best thought of as the symbolic expression of the uneven and unequal temporality of capital accumulation and dispossession on a global scale.

Stephen Morton is Professor in English and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Southampton. His publications include States of Emergency: Colonialism, Literature, and Law (Liverpool University Press, 2013); Terror and the Postcolonial, co-edited with Elleke Boehmer (Blackwell 2009); Foucault in an Age of Terror (Palgrave 2008), co-edited with Stephen Bygrave; Salman Rushdie: Fictions of Postcolonial Modernity (Palgrave 2007); and Gayatri Spivak: Ethics, Subalternity and the Critique of Postcolonial Reason (Polity 2006).

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