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Betraying the revolution

While Bertolt Brecht in his learning plays explored the antinomies of revolutionary autonomy, Heiner Müller responded by experimenting in his learning plays with the revolt against autonomy, specifically, the betrayal of the revolution.  The tragic structure of Brecht’s The Measures … Continue reading

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“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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Μαθήματα Μπρεχτ από τις ιστορίες της Φωτεινής Τσαλίκογλου

“Φαντάζομαι μια περφόρμανς όπου συγγραφείς της ποιητικής γενιάς του 2000 παίζουν Μπρεχτικά την κυρία Φι σε αφηγήματα από το διαβρωτικά εποικοδομητικό βιβλίο της Φωτεινής Τσαλίκογλου”.  Εξηγώ εδώ γιατί.  Έχω τη χαρά να συζητώ με τη συγγραφέα παρόμοια θέματα εδώ και … Continue reading

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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.

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