Becoming Anarchist: The Function of Anarchist Literature

  • Sandra Jeppesen


Mapping types of anarchist literature, its modes of production and typical tropes and themes, this paper argues that there is a consistency in values produced through modes of production and both content and form in anarchist literature. Furthermore there are two functions of anarchist texts: interventionist representations, in which anarchists interrupt the dominant image machinery, and cultural prefiguration whereby anarchist values are engaged within the text, prefiguring the society we are building through our actions. Anarchist literature thereby both reflects and produces a model for the project of becominganarchist, a literary expression of the always-incomplete permanent anarchist revolution.