Category Archives: Resistance

Brecht’s Tragic Measures (3)

Scene 6 of Brecht’s The Measures Taken was first called “Rebellion against the Teachings” and later “The Betrayal.”  In it, the Young Comrade rises against the rules of the revolution he has been serving.  Is this a “rebellion” or a “betrayal”?  … Continue reading

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Brecht’s Tragic Measures (2)

Bertolt Brecht’s The Measures Taken [Die Massnahme/The Measure] (written and published in 1930, premiere and 2nd edition in 1931) is a cantata in speaking parts, choral parts, recitatives, and songs for tenor, 3 actors, mixed choir, and small orchestra created with … Continue reading

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Brecht’s Tragic Measures (1)

Once Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) began in 1927 to develop a systematic interest in Marxist thought, he turned against what he considered the tragic legacy of Western theater as configured in Naturalist drama.  Humanity cannot change natural laws and is doomed … Continue reading

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Heroic civic friendship

It comes as a surprise to see an entire act of Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris (1779) devoted to the magnanimous dispute between Orestes and Pylades about who is more committed to their friendship. While the plot is hardly advanced, we watch … Continue reading

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Kant’s ethics of autonomous obedience

“Autonomy is a duty and a submission:  The proper way for individuals to be free is to autonomously prescribe for themselves the duty of autonomy, which (duty) is the free submission of their morally self-legislative will to its own law.” … Continue reading

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“Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα;”/2: Κατερίνα Ζησάκη: “Αγώνας” (η αριστερή μελαγχολία)

Η μελαγχολία για τον αγώνα, η οποία διακατέχει τη νέα ελληνική πολιτική ποίηση, κυκλοφορεί επίσης παγκόσμια σε κοινωνικοπολιτικές συζητήσεις ως θεωρητική έννοια και επιστημολογική αρχή. “Επιστήμονες και στοχαστές διερευνούν μελαγχολίες της διάψευσης όπως η φυλετική (David L. Eng), η μεταναστευτική (Sara … Continue reading

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Regimes of rule

Who is authorized to exert what authority and who has dominion over what domain? Since my current research project focuses on the tragedy of revolution in modern drama, I am especially interested in questions of rule, such as sovereignty, domination, … Continue reading

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