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5-6-2020

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This paper analyzes the relation between linguistic and extra-linguistic agency (as conceptualized by GWF Hegel) in the capitalist systems of postmodern literature. The subject of the paper is William Gaddis' "JR" and how it uses disjointed communication (from telephone conversations to clashing dialogue snippets) to express the chaos of late-stage capitalism. This paper argues that one can use Gaddis' narrative to analyze the significance of Hegel's account of agency for our own contemporary world, because Gaddis depicts individuals in capitalism having different forms of agency within different echelons and through different projects. This corresponds to Hegel's agency system of self-appropriation, self-determination, and self-governance. H

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Hegelian Agency and Communication in William Gaddis' "JR"

This paper analyzes the relation between linguistic and extra-linguistic agency (as conceptualized by GWF Hegel) in the capitalist systems of postmodern literature. The subject of the paper is William Gaddis' "JR" and how it uses disjointed communication (from telephone conversations to clashing dialogue snippets) to express the chaos of late-stage capitalism. This paper argues that one can use Gaddis' narrative to analyze the significance of Hegel's account of agency for our own contemporary world, because Gaddis depicts individuals in capitalism having different forms of agency within different echelons and through different projects. This corresponds to Hegel's agency system of self-appropriation, self-determination, and self-governance. H