Q’s General Intellect

Sabrina Ovan


Abstract

I would claim that the main feature of the general intellect, in all its forms, is its indeterminacy. Neither defining individuality nor a specific group, the general intellect represents a sort of passage between the singular and the multitude. Until now, the discussion of the concept of the general intellect has been the prerogative of economists, sociologists, philosophers and historians. I intend to demonstrate how this notion has also influenced the literary field, and, in particular, how the general intellect is an active element in the narration of Q, the novel written in 1999 by the writers’ collective ‘Luther Blissett Project’.

Keywords

general intellect; literature; influence;

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