Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl

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The Young-Girl is not always young; more and more frequently, she is not even female. She is the figure of total integration in a disintegrating social totality.—from Theory of the Young-Girl

First published in France in 1999, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl dissects the impossibility of love under Empire. The Young-Girl is consumer society's total product and model citizen: whatever "type" of Young-Girl she may embody, whether by whim or concerted ...

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Overview

The Young-Girl is not always young; more and more frequently, she is not even female. She is the figure of total integration in a disintegrating social totality.—from Theory of the Young-Girl

First published in France in 1999, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl dissects the impossibility of love under Empire. The Young-Girl is consumer society's total product and model citizen: whatever "type" of Young-Girl she may embody, whether by whim or concerted performance, she can only seduce by consuming. Filled with the language of French women's magazines, rooted in Proust's figure of Albertine and the amusing misery of (teenage) romance in Witold Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke, and informed by Pierre Klossowski's notion of "living currency" and libidinal economy, Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl diagnoses — and makes visible — a phenomenon that is so ubiquitous as to have become transparent.

In the years since the book's first publication in French, the worlds of fashion, shopping, seduction plans, makeover projects, and eating disorders have moved beyond the comparatively tame domain of paper magazines into the perpetual accessibility of Internet culture. Here the Young-Girl can seek her own reflection in corporate universals and social media exchanges of "personalities" within the impersonal realm of the marketplace. Tracing consumer society's colonization of youth and sexuality through the Young-Girl's "freedom" (in magazine terms) to do whatever she wants with her body,Tiqqun exposes the rapaciously competitive and psychically ruinous landscape of modern love.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584351085
  • Publisher: Semiotexte/Smart Art
  • Publication date: 6/30/2012
  • Series: Semiotext(e) / Intervention Series, #12
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 517,609
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Tiqqun is a French collective of authors and activists formed in 1999.

The group published two journal volumes in 1999 and 2001 (in which the collective author " The Invisible Committee" first appeared) as well as the books Introduction to Civil War and This Is Not a Program (both published by Semitext(e)).

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Table of Contents

Preliminaries 11

1 The Young-Girl as Phenomenon 23

2 The Young-Girl as Technique of the Self 48

3 The Young-Girl as Social Relation 62

4 The Young-Girl as Commodity 74

5 The Young-Girl as Living Currency 88

6 The Young-Girl as Compact Political Apparatus 97

7 The Young-Girl as War Machine 105

8 The Young-Girl Against Communism 114

9 The Young-Girl Against Herself 121

10 Putting an End to the Young-Girl 131

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