By C. Gallego
This e-book lines the impact of Hegel's idea of popularity on diverse literary representations of Chicano/a subjectivity, with the purpose of demonstrating how the id pondering attribute of Hegel's thought is unwillingly bolstered even in topics which are represented as rebelling opposed to liberal-humanist ideologies.
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More specifically, I examine the apparent inconsistency between antihumanist philosophy and revolutionary praxis in Althusser’s work, paying specific attention to the dialectic of revolutionary theory and political practice. Although 36 C H I C A N A /O S U B J E C T I V I T Y A N D I D E N T I T Y the pairing of antihumanist philosophy and human social action—what I define as embodied agency—may at first appear to be irreconcilable, I find that this coupling, if viewed outside the traditional lens of binary opposition, actually reveals a strategically useful synergy that goes beyond the Hegelian model of recognition-based social progress.
As Pérez-Torres states in the opening pages of his outstanding study Movements in Chicano Poetry, the “shifts and ruptures” that underlie the production of this “minority” literature make any project that attempts to trace its many “movements . . 1 If the author of one of the most inf luential studies on Chicano/a poetry expresses such reservations about his project, what can one say about a non-booklength study that appears to attempt the same thing? It is the apparent futility of such an enterprise that necessitates a clarification of purpose and intent.
Recognition is, therefore, a nonissue in Badiou’s theory of the subject. Although some theorists like Žižek may view Badiou’s theory of subjectivization as another form of interpellation—“the first thing that strikes anyone versed in the history of French Marxism is how uncannily close Badiou’s notion of Truth-Event comes to Althusser’s notion of (ideological) interpellation” (Žižek 1998, 23)—I find that his ethics highlights the circumvention of recognition in the form of sacrifice, in the disinterested interest required to remain a subject of truth.