Category Archives: Resistance

The tragedy of revolution is that liberation conspires with terror.

A link to my scholarly project The Tragedy of Revolution: “A tragic understanding admits that revolution is subject to counter-revolution, that liberation is risking oppression.” Advertisements

Posted in Melancholy, Philosophy, Revolution

Pirandello’s “Enrico IV,” a tragedy of refusal

Luigi Pirandello’s tragedy, Enrico IV (1922), is a great post-modern Hamlet. I discuss its politics of refusal in terms of melancholic disengagement and destituent power in a chapter of my book-length scholarly project on the self-destruction of revolution since Romantic theater.

Posted in Disengagement, Melancholy, The Arts | Tagged

“Anarchism and Hellenism in Richard Wagner’s Revolutionary Cultural Politics (1848-52)”

Richard Wagner is one of the seminal thinkers discussed in my book, The Tragic Idea (2006), which surveys the philosophy of the tragic from Schelling (1795) to Heidegger (1935).  Here is the original, longer version of that entry, which focuses … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Music, Collaboration, Culture, Hellenism, Revolution, The "Greeks" | Tagged

Beyond resistance and resilience

Minutes after burning the manuscript of his drama so that he and his freezing bohemian friends can keep warm, poet Rodolfo meets Mimi, a sick embroiderer of flowers, and introduces himself: “What do I do? I write. And how do … Continue reading

Posted in Disengagement, Melancholy, Resistance

“Η ποιητική ως πολιτική θεωρία: Ήττα, απόγνωση και μελαγχολία στη μετεμφυλιακή αριστερή ποίηση”

[Ανακοίνωση στην εξαίρετη διημερίδα “Το περιοδικό Σημειώσεις: Άνθρωποι, πολιτικές, θεωρίες” στις 28 Οκτωβρίου 2017 στη Θεσσαλονίκη.  Στο βίντεο της συνεδρίας το οποίο αναρτήθηκε στο ΦΒ η ομιλία είναι στο 31:00-1:00:00. Αναδημοσιεύθηκε στο ZHN: ThePressProject Magazine στις 11 Νοεμβρίου 2017.] Με την μελέτη … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomy, Bildung, Collaboration, Friends, General Culture, Greek Poetry, Left, Melancholy

The agonistic politics of eris, stasis, polemos

Questions of contest, strife, division, and war have been central to my autonomist politics.*  These questions have been circulating in my research explicitly since the 1980s. Here is a representative passage from my paper “The Rule of Justice” (1993): We … Continue reading

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Renouncing politics

As the funeral march for the revolution continues to intone the exhaustion of the emancipatory project, and left melancholy sets the mood of post-revolutionary critique, claims for radical negativity acquire a special appeal in the Trump era. What if not … Continue reading

Posted in Disengagement, Left, Resistance