The Loss of Transcendental Orientation Marks

Anders Moesgaard Jacobsen

Student thesis: Master thesis


This thesis is a critical study of the political value of the literature and it’s position our present society. Throughout this period the society has been dominated by neoliberal ideas and a sense of metaphysical homelessness. Because of this the current thesis aims to examine the political role of post-modern literature in shaping post-modern society as well as providing an understanding of the modern human life in relation to neoliberalism. The thesis will also reflect on the impact the neoliberalism has had on our way of thinking with respect to our social selves. The thesis consists of three main sections. The first considers how neoliberal ideas have influenced discourse within society, and how this has become a dominating influence in the way people understand and interpret themselves within today’s environments. Neoliberal ideas have become deeply engrained within the self. These ideas form a powerful, fluent and integrated force in the self-governance of a person, which shapes the way we interpret and interact within our society and the rest of the world. The second section considers the work of Jacques Ranciéres in connection to his own political writing. Here the thesis focuses on how ideas of the economic world have been able to deeply penetrate our very intimate, personal worlds. Post-modern literature can be interpreted as transcending neoliberal ideas into the everyday. With particular reference to Michel Houellebecqs novels at this point the thesis emphasises these absurdities in a world now dominated by the rationalities of neoliberalism. Sections one and two form the basis for the third and final section, which is an “Exploratorium of the perception”. Art and literature form a unique space of creative thought, innovation and imagination, paving the way for future ideas as to how life can alternatively be lived.

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2016
Number of pages88