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Hell in Contemporary LiteratureWestern Descent Narratives since 1945$
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Rachel Falconer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617630

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617630.001.0001

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Postmodern Hell and the Search for Roots

Postmodern Hell and the Search for Roots

(p.172) Chapter 7 Postmodern Hell and the Search for Roots
Hell in Contemporary Literature

Rachel Falconer

Edinburgh University Press

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

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