- Introduction to Antonella Corsani's “Beyond the Myth of Woman:The Becoming-Transfeminist of (Post-)Marxism”
Antonella Corsani is an Italian economist who teaches at the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Multitudes and one of the editors of the collective volumes Vers un capitalisme cognitif [Toward a Cognitive Capitalism] (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2001) and L'età del capitalismo cognitivo [The Era of Cognitive Capitalism] (Verona: Ombre corte, 2002). As this essay demonstrates, her work focuses on the changing nature of labor in post-Fordist capitalism, particularly the phenomena of irregular or intermittent work, intellectual or immaterial labor, and the "feminization" of labor. Like many post-workerist thinkers, she takes a broadly global perspective on contemporary issues, combining French post-structuralist philosophy and feminism, Italian political economy, American ethnic and queer activism and post-colonial analysis, to construct a sophisticated theoretical paradigm for interpreting and intervening into current debates over subversive subjectivity and the organization of resistance to global capital.
This essay, which reprises many of the themes and methods that emerge in Corsani's essays for Multitudes, was written especially for this issue of SubStance.
Timothy S. Murphy, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, is the author of Wising Up the Marks: The Amodern William Burroughs (California 1997), co-editor of The Philosophy of Antonio Negri volumes 1 & 2 (Pluto Press 2005 & 2007), and co-translator of Antonio Negri's Subversive Spinoza (Manchester 2004) and Books for Burning (Verso 2005). He has published many essays on contemporary literature and culture as well as translations of writings by Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida and others.