The Deed of Words

Two Considerations on Politics of Literature

Pothik Ghosh

9789350023303

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2016

143 pages

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What, if any is the relation between literature and politics? This book seeks to demonstrated, from the standpoint of a political militant, that radical aesthetics and radical politics can only be thought in terms of compossibility, not relationality. It contends that literature should be thought, not in terms of the use of art for politics, but in terms of politics in art as its use. In the first instance, use is meant to connote instrumentalism, while in the second case use signifies Marx's use-value as the determinate negation of the structure of exchange-relations by virtue of being the determinate excess of the means/end duality.

Pothik Ghosh

Pothik Ghosh was educated in Allahabad and has worked as a professional journalist in Calcutta, Lucknow and Delhi. Active with various Left groups, he is currently based in Delhi and is one of the editors of www.radicalnotes.com.