Arguments within English Theory

Noys, Benjamin (2019) Arguments within English Theory. Third Text, 32 (6). pp. 586-592. ISSN 0952-8822

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The decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, to ‘Brexit’, appears as a traumatic shock. Here this shock is examined in the context of the national imaginary of ‘Englishness’ and its relationship to theory. I focus on the theoretical tendency known as accelerationism, which suggests we embrace abstraction and modernity to transcend the limits of contemporary capitalism into a new post-capitalist society. Accelerationism embraces the future and modernity, in contrast with the seemingly backward-looking imaginaries of Brexit. The desire of accelerationism to transcend national limits, including these backward-looking imaginaries of Englishness, is actually shaped by these imaginaries. In this way, accelerationism and the debates around it offers ways to unlock the social, psychic and theoretical formations that condition Brexit as well. What they reveal is the way in which Brexit is shaped by a particularly ‘English’ form of modernisation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benjamin Noys, ‘Brexit’, theory, shock, Englishness, national identity, accelerationism, modernisation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Benjamin Noys
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 11:08
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 00:10

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