Re: [OPE-L] Bloody Capital and Dead Labour Cultural Studies or the Critique of Political Economy? By Mark Neocleous

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Mon Apr 24 2006 - 20:06:15 EDT

While Neocleous argued in the History of Political Thought (2003--I sent
you the cite offlist) that capital is vampiric because though dead it
comes to life exactly through the appropriation of the sensuous life
of labor--capital
thus be-com-ing the undead--you said that the vampire metaphor suggests
that labor itself should be referred to as undead labor.  I don't
quite follow your

It seems that you are both handling the metaphor quite differently.

At any rate, has anyone read Neocleous' book on the monstrous in Marx and

Rakesh (
Sat, 4 May 1996 04:56:48 -0700

Massimo asked in [OPE-L:2072]:
>  "A great deal of capital, which appears today in the United States
>  without any birth-certificate, was yesterday, in England,
>  the capitalised blood of children." (V.I. p. 921)

>  I guess also the quote could be dismissed on the ground that
>  it represents a simple metaphor, in which case I would like
>  ask: a metaphor for what? May I have your distinguished
>  views on the matter
It's a vampire metaphor, of course. Taking the metaphor literally, one
could refer to labor as "undead labor" -- neither completely living or
truly dead.
In OPE-L Solidarity,

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