Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl

By Tiqqun; Ariana Reines (Translator)

Semiotex(e), Paperback, 9781584351085, 137pp.

Publication Date: June 22, 2012

Description

The Young-Girl is not always young; more and more frequently, she is not even female. She is the figure of total integration in a disintegrating social totality.--from " Theory of the Young-Girl

"First published in France in 1999, "Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl" dissects the impossibility of love under Empire. The Young-Girl is consumer society's total product and model citizen: whatever "type" of Young-Girl she may embody, whether by whim or concerted performance, " she can only seduce by consuming." Filled with the language of French women's magazines, rooted in Proust's figure of Albertine and the amusing misery of (teenage) romance in Witold Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke, and informed by Pierre Klossowski's notion of "living currency" and libidinal economy, " Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl" diagnoses -- and makes visible -- a phenomenon that is so ubiquitous as to have become transparent.

In the years since the book's first publication in French, the worlds of fashion, shopping, seduction plans, makeover projects, and eating disorders have moved beyond the comparatively tame domain of paper magazines into the perpetual accessibility of Internet culture. Here the Young-Girl can seek her own reflection in corporate universals and social media exchanges of "personalities" within the impersonal realm of the marketplace. Tracing consumer society's colonization of youth and sexuality through the Young-Girl's "freedom" (in magazine terms) to do whatever she wants with her body, Tiqqun exposes the rapaciously competitive and psychically ruinous landscape of modern love.



About the Author
Tiqqun is a French collective of authors and activists formed in 1999. The group published two journal volumes in 1999 and 2001 (in which the collective author "The Invisible Committee" first appeared), as well as the books "ThA(c)orie du Bloom" and "ThA(c)orie de la jeune fille."

ARIANA REINES was born in Salem, Massachusetts. She holds degrees from Barnard College and The European Graduate School, and she was a doctoral student at Columbia University. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on a novel, The New Life, and a film.