The Cultural Fix: Capital, Genre, and the Times of American Studies

  • Stephen Shapiro
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Culture and Economics book series (PSLCE)


How might genre theory intertwine with Marx’s work on expanded reproduction of capital? In this chapter, I argue for the importance of an implied, but absent, category in Marx’s Capital: fixed labor-power. Once we provide this term, it becomes possible to generate a non-representational framework for the relations of capital and culture. Rather than considering genre as a nomenclature of exclusion and difference, we can see it as a mechanism for the creation of more durable mixtures of culture. The resulting construction can be considered as a cultural fix, a narrative apparatus that helps maintain class relations over a long spiral containing multiple, smaller capitalist cycles.


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