Literature and power: consent and dissent forms and functions

Mario Domenichelli

Abstract


Mimetic fictions, mimetic narratives are the multi-faceted multiplication of some foundation myth representing the legitimation of any political power based on the consent on common values, common beliefs grounding the common political ratio, and the social pact in democratic societies. This also implies the consent on the common dissent on behaviours, opinions, and values shaping some counter-foundation myth, or simply denying the truth of any given master-fiction. Literature often  defines its own autonomy from any given power, its own pureté detached from the materiality and violence of history and the struggle for power. As a matter of fact the production of fictions opens an imaginary space in which cultural memory, history itself, takes its shape in the dialectic of memory and oblivion. Mass culture largely coincides with the production of mimetic fictions and therefore with the production space of both global consent and  global conflict and dissent. In this global/glocal space a new intellectual must invent a new critical language.


Keywords


Power, literature, Ideologie Kritik, cultural memory, cultural hegemony

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