Against all Authority: Anarchism and the Literary Imagination

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9781845402365: Against all Authority: Anarchism and the Literary Imagination

This volume examines historical and contemporary engagements of anarchism and literary production. Anarchists have used literary production to express opposition to values and relations characterizing advanced capitalist (and socialist) societies while also expressing key aspects of the alternative values and institutions proposed within anarchism. Among favoured themes are anarchist critiques of corporatization, prisons and patriarchal relations as well as explorations of developing anarchist perspectives on revolution, ecology, polysexuality and mutual aid.

A key component of anarchist perspectives is the belief that means and ends must correspond. Thus in anarchist literature as in anarchist politics, a radical approach to form is as important as content. Anarchist literature joins other critical approaches to creative production in attempting to break down divisions between readers and writer, audience and artist, encouraging all to become active participants in the creative process.

Dr Shantz teaches at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, BC.

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Dr Shantz teaches at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, BC.

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"All in all, this is a thought-provoking book that raises many valid points and represnets a solid contribution to the study of the relationships between anarchism and literature."

(Victoria Frigerio Anarchist Studies)

"Against All Authority is a scholarly text, possibly a PhD dissertation adapted for a book publication, and has to be approached as such. Although I am a keen reader and have some interest in literary criticism, I don't have enough knowledge of this field (or anarchist thought for that matter) to venture a comparative judgement... I was actually surprised in how readable, interesting and relevant I found some of the analyses in Against All Authority".

(Magda Healey The Book Bag)

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