Movement and the Paradox of Resistance


  • Paulina Aroch Fugellie University of Amsterdam


Resistance, Revolution, Contemporary theory, Zeno's paradox, Representation


In this article, I analyze the notions of sequentiality and simultaneity in Ursula K. Le Guin's science fiction novel The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia (1974). I extrapolate this analysis to the contrasting epistemic sensibilities surrounding the concepts of ‘revolution' and ‘resistance' respectively. I am particularly concerned with the role these concepts play in contemporary academic production in the humanities. My aim is to understand the implications of the different conceptions of time and representation associated with each of those two concepts, and what their actual ideological operativity is in the context of the present status quo.

Author Biography

Paulina Aroch Fugellie, University of Amsterdam

Paulina Aroch Fugellie is a Ph.D. candidate at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation, supervised by Mieke Bal, is entitled Unrealized Promises: The Subject of Postcolonial Discourse and the New International Division of Labour. She holds, with distinction, a Bachelor's degree in English Literature (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and a Master's degree in African Studies (El Colegio de México). She has also studied and taught dramatic arts. She has published poetry and short-story, literary criticism and analyses of contemporary theoretical discourses, particularly postcolonialism. She was born in Chile in 1973 and grew up in different parts of Latin America and Africa. She has participated in Poetics of Resistance since 2007, a forum that has been significant to her for its discussions of academic theory as specifically situated textual interventions within the culture of global capitalism.




How to Cite

Aroch Fugellie, P. (2010). Movement and the Paradox of Resistance. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 6(2), 55–70. Retrieved from



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