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I can read any number of soothing novels; in fact, nothing else soothes me. I found it not a thing that it was interesting to do. . We in this period have not lived in remembering, we have lived in moving being necessarily so intense that existing is indeed something, is indeed that thing that we are doing. . The newspapers are full of what anybody does and anybody knows what anybody does but the Innovative Fiction and the Poetics of Power 23 thing that is important is the intensity of anybody’s existence.
Her model, however, begs the question of agency. Whose “order” is it? By means of what social, cultural, and political inﬂuences is such an order achieved? How is ﬁctional language shaped and arranged to create that sense of order? In this regard, the relation Mitchell asked his conference participants to consider—the connection between politics, language, and culture—is a productive means through which we might organize these multiple threads of ﬁction’s present and explore how—and to what— they add up.
The great merit of globalization, then, is to have revealed the profound limitations of these diametrically opposed versions of postmodern disengagement and dehistoricization (and, I would claim, the many versions in between). The huge, indeed world historical, conﬂicts to which globalization has given rise—of which the current situation is a particularly acute but otherwise not unusual example—compel all of us, not just the Hegelians, the Marxists, and the professional historians, to attend once again to the large contours of historical struggle and change, to rehistoricize the resolutely anti-historical conceptual ﬁeld bequeathed to us by postmodernism, and to make another effort to ﬁnd common cause amid the profusion of atomized economic subjects and cultural particularisms.