Chapter 4 Literary machines and subjective narrators
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The chapter sketches a vision of literature as a discontinuous process of producing identities and boundaries that constitute social life at all levels. In this process, plot machines are produced: stories which are to homogenise a set of social identities. Between the identities there is a struggle for hegemony. The tools of this struggle are theoretical legends designed to force individuals to conform to the whole. The essay shows such a process on the example of Alexander Weissberg-Cybulski's autobiographical book about a Stalinist prison. The text suggests that the example of Stalinism may also be relevant in times of neoliberalism. The tools for combating such oppressively unifying social life can be found in the juxtaposition of theory and novel: the novel allows repressed irregularities to speak and creates more room for social change.

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