This essay examines both the nature of the economic crisis of 2007–2008 and the intensification of finance capital in its wake. Moving between aesthetics and economics, it considers, in particular, the emergence of the “dark pool” and its implications within a massive expansion of fictitious capital.
PETER HITCHCOCK is Professor of English at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also on CUNY’s faculty of the Certificate Programs in Film Studies and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Associate Director of its Center for Place, Culture, and Politics. His books include The Long Space: Transnationalism and Postcolonial Form; Imaginary States: Studies in Cultural Transnationalism; Oscillate Wildly: Space, Body, and Spirit of Millennial Materialism; and Dialogics of the Oppressed. He is currently working on a manuscript called “Trading Objects,” which juxtaposes commodity critique with analyses of financial instruments.
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Peter Hitchcock; Accumulating Fictions. Representations 1 May 2014; 126 (1): 135–160. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2014.126.1.135
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