Postmodern Hell and the Search for Roots

Rachel Falconer

in Hell in Contemporary Literature

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780748617630
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651733 | DOI:
Postmodern Hell and the Search for Roots

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This chapter takes a look at the continuing relevance of the Marxist idea of a descent into the underworld of the workplace, demonstrating how the descents into Hell operate within social and economic contexts, where the ‘base’ is no longer considered to be synonymous with truth and reality. It states that the underworld revelation often turns out to be as tricky and as fantastical as the desires which are pursued by capitalist consumers within the overlying ‘superstructure’.

Keywords: Marxist idea; workplace; social contexts; economic contexts; capitalist consumers; superstructure; underworld revelation

Chapter.  10911 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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