Category Archives: Revolt

“Memory of a revolution”

Commemorating a revolution is always self-congratulatory as it amounts to solemnizing a victory of sorts.  Negotiating claims on the memory of the revolution, though, is a very different operation. Heiner Müller’s The Task/Mission (1979) provides an excellent illustration.   The play … Continue reading

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Ένας κύκλος 12 δοκιμίων για την ποίηση της δεκαετίας του 2010

Συγγραφείς, αναγνώστες και κριτικοί μπορούν να παίξουν, μαζί ή μόνοι, ένα ποίημα με διαφορετικούς τρόπους, σαν παιχνίδι, όργανο, θέατρο, στοίχημα, παρτιτούρα. Η μηνιαία στήλη μου Παίζουμε ένα ποίημα; που φιλοξένησε το μείζον ηλεκτρονικό περιοδικό Χάρτης στη διάρκεια του 2019, έπαιζε … Continue reading

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“Η αριστερή αποποίηση της εξουσίας και της νομοτέλειας”

To αριστερό πρόταγμα στη μεταπολεμική Ελλάδα διακατέχεται από μιά υπόρρητη στάση που αποκαλώ “αποποίηση”, μια κάθετη αρνητικότητα απέναντι σε κάθε απελευθερωτική επαγγελία και συμβόλαιο με την ιστορία.  Η αποποίηση διακατέχει εκείνους που έπαψαν να περιμένουν την επανάσταση ή όποια άλλη … 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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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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Daniel Herwitz: “Avant-Garde Legacies: Identity Politics in a Consumerist World”

What is the legacy of the avant-garde today?  My dear friend and colleague at Michigan, Daniel Herwitz, and I spent one of our regular lunches together exploring this question.  As I was telling him that my ten-part travelogue across five … Continue reading

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The 1916 Event “Cabaret Voltaire” in Zürich (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/10-end)

If rebels are damned and comrades turn into hermits, is it still possible to join friends in planning together the next revolt? In fact it is possible, especially among emigrés in a cosmopolitan city, as I remembered when I took … Continue reading

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The 1910 Rebels’ “Hell” in Paris (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/8)

Near the end of my brief journey across Central European rivers and revolts, Rodin’s The Gates of Hell (1880-1917) appears to me as a memorial to the perennial, tragic failure of the revolution and the damnation of the rebels. Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) … Continue reading

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The 1849 Dresden Uprising (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/7)

Standing on the viewing platform of the exterior dome (the famous “stone bell”) of the restored Frauenkirche, I walked around, admiring the winding river Elbe and the Augustusbrücke, the oldest of its Dresden bridges. Yet I focused on the area … Continue reading

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The 1848 Prague Uprising (Travels in revolutionary Mitteleuropa, from the Rhine to the Danube/6)

Standing on the arch Čech Bridge on the Moldau in Prague, I can see Wenceslas Square, where one of the most important revolutions between March 1948-November 1849 against the Hapsburg Empire took place. Starting on June 2, 1848, the Czechs … Continue reading

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