Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development

From International Relations to World Literature


Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development seeks to explore and develop Leon Trotsky’s concept of uneven and combined development. In particular, it aims to adapt the political and historical analysis which originated in Trotsky’s Russia for use within the contemporary field of world literature. As such, it draws together the work of scholars from both the field of international relations and the field of literature and the arts. This collection will therefore be of particular interest to anyone who is interested in new ways of understanding world literary texts, or interested in new ways of applying Trotsky’s revolutionary politics to the contemporary world order.

Contributors: Alexander Anievas, Gail Day, James Christie, Kamran Matin, Kerem Nisancioglu, Luke Cooper, Michael Niblett, Neil Davidson, Nesrin Degirmencioglu, Robert Spencer, Steve Edwards.

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James Christie was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of English and Comparatıve Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, where he received his Ph.D. in 2014. He now teaches English in secondary education in the UK. His research interests include critical theory and contemporary American fiction. He has published in Mediations: The Journal of the Marxist Literary Group, and The Cormac McCarthy Journal.

Nesrin Degirmencioglu was formerly a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, where she received her Ph.D. in 2014. She now teaches at the Middle East Technical University’s Northern Cyprus Campus. Her current research focuses on world literature debates and manifestations of neoliberalism in contemporary American and Turkish fiction.
Acknowledgements List of Figures Notes on Contributors

Part 1 Introducing the Field

Introduction: Why Cultures of Uneven and Combined Development?James Christie and Nesrin Degirmencioglu
1 Uneven and Combined Development as a Universal Aspect of Capitalist ModernityNeil Davidson

Part 2 Critiquing Eurocentrism

2 Troubling Time and Space in World Politics: Reimagining Western Modernity in the Atlantic MirrorAlexander Anievas and Kerem Nisancioglu
3 The Iranian Revolution in the Mirror of Uneven and Combined DevelopmentKamran Matin
4 Rationalist or Nationalist? The Eighteenth-Century Public SphereLuke Cooper

Part 3 Towards a Theory of Culture

5 Uneven and Combined Development: Between Capitalist Modernity and ModernismNeil Davidson
6 Fredric Jameson and the Rise of World Literature: From World Systems Theory to Uneven and Combined DevelopmentJames Christie

Part 4 Reading under the Sign of Uneven and Combined Development

7 Late Capitalism in Contemporary FictionRobert Spencer
8 Differential Time and Aesthetic Form: Uneven and Combined Capitalism in the Work of Allan SekulaGail Day and Steve Edwards
9 Aesthetics of Uneven and Combined Development: Tanpınar and Dos Passos at a World Literary ConjunctureNesrin Degirmencioglu
10 Demon Landscapes, Uneven Ecologies: Folk-Spirits in Guyanese FictionMichael Niblett
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All interested in the contemporary field of World Literature, and related sociological aesthetics. All interested in the role of uneven and combined development in the wider field of International Relations.
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