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  • Published: 13 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781914420887
  • Imprint: Watkins
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 207
  • RRP: $29.99

Capitalism: A Horror Story

Gothic Marxism and the Dark Side of the Radical Imagination



A horror-story history of capitalism and its relationship to the haunted and the gothic, and a manifesto of Gothic Marxism, which finds revolutionary hope in the nightmare of modernity.

A horror-story history of capitalism and its relationship to the haunted and the gothic, and a manifesto of Gothic Marxism, which finds revolutionary hope in the nightmare of modernity.

What does it mean to see horror in capitalism? What can horror tell us about the state and nature of capitalism?

Blending film criticism, cultural theory, and philosophy, Capitalism: A Horror Story examines literature, film, and philosophy, from Frankenstein to contemporary cinema, delving into the socio-political function of the monster, the haunted nature of the digital world, and the inescapable horror of contemporary capitalist politics.

Revitalizing the tradition of Romantic anticapitalism and offering a “dark way of being red”, Capitalism: A Horror Story argues for a Gothic Marxism, showing how we can find revolutionary hope in horror- a site of monstrous becoming that opens the door to a Utopian future.

  • Published: 13 August 2024
  • ISBN: 9781914420887
  • Imprint: Watkins
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 207
  • RRP: $29.99