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James Dutton is a casual lecturer and tutor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, who works on the topics of European philosophy and literature. His essays have appeared in journals such as SubStance, Angelaki, and Paragraph, and his first book is Proust Between Deleuze and Derrida: The Remains of Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).


This essay examines the modern temporization of labor to ask: what happens to the human subject that, in signing the labor contract, resigns their “self” to time? It begins by considering comments made by the “actors” in Jean-Luc Godard’s Six fois deux / Sur et sous la communication (1976) as an interstice between labor, subjectivity, and capital, to argue for a confluence between all forms of inscription. It then shows how iterability, the infinite interpretability of inscription, offers a possibility of irrepressible difference, one that can never be timed out of laboring subjectivities or the writing that gives them.