Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One

By Fredric Jameson

Representing Capital, Fredric Jameson’s first book-length engagement with Marx’s magnum opus, is a different paintings of scholarship that files the development of Marx’s inspiration as though it have been a musical rating. The textual panorama that emerges is the surroundings for paradoxes and contradictions that fight towards answer, giving upward thrust to new antinomies and a brand new ahead move. those colossal segments overlap one another to mix and enhance on new degrees within the similar method that capital itself does, stumbling opposed to hindrances that it overcomes by means of revolutionary expansions, that are in themselves such a lot of leaps into the unknown.

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Which means repetition—the 1 promoting of work energy week after week, its efficient consump- | tion by way of the capitalist in a cycle Sismondi righdy recharacterized as i a spiral (727)—never knew a primary time within the first position: "it is his 1 labour of final week, or of final 12 months, that can pay for his labour-power this S week or this 12 months" (713). it's not capital yet hard work that's on the J starting place of the method; while the wages ultimately materialize and the act I of trade of cash and exertions energy truly occurs, it's an I "always-already," and "this mere repetition, or continuity, imposes 1 at the approach definite new features, or particularly, reasons the disap- m pearance of a few obvious features possessed by way of the method j in isolation" (712). these obvious features are the start, 1 the 1st time, detectable within the exertions of an remoted person and 1 obvious in biographical time. The procedure, despite the fact that, the "connected 1 complete" (711), is aware no such starting yet fairly reaches again to one remodel these kinds of person first occasions right into a repetition that often m preceded its person situations. this is often then the way the M CAPITAL IN ITS TIME 107 current of capitalism as a method "extinguishes" its doubtless constitutive moments and parts some time past. this can be the experience within which capitalist creation is an infernal computing device, an autotelic approach; although it is usually alternate or the marketplace that its critics and enemies determine during this demeanour (particularly within the age of globalization). it may be famous, ultimately, that the instant within which Capital takes up this entire factor of replica, which proves to be the foremost to its paradoxical temporalities, can also be the instant whilst the plan of Capital as an entire is disclosed to us (709-10), that's to claim, the instant during which Marx's synchronic Darstellung is unmasked and deserted, and the sizeable temporalities of capitalism as a procedure make their momentous visual appeal, projecting the dizzying rhythms of stream of quantity II, in addition to the much more bewildering synchronicities of the numerous capitals of quantity III. At this element we hence technique the boundaries of quantity One, past which, within the collations of the posthumous quantity II there might be glimpsed an arid area within which there spin a daunting multiplicity of cycles, of all styles and sizes. this can be the interior temporality of the capitalist laptop, and it could possibly be questioned how any dialogue of temporality in Marx may well do with no it, and particularly what the talk at the dating among existential temporality and that of the procedure itself could seem like had it been extra comprehensively integrated. seventy two I agree, yet might easily argue that the temporality of quantity One is at the very least fairly self sufficient. yet this is often the purpose to recognize the arguments of the main clever traditionalists, so much recendy of Michael Lebowitz, that the projected 3- or four72 See Stavros Tombazos, Les different types du temps dans le Capital (Paris: Cahier des saisons, 1994); in addition to David Harvey, the bounds to Capital; a extra philosophical account is given by way of Artemy Magun, in "Marxs thought of Temporality," Rethinking Marxism 22:1.

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