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The Marx Reading Group organised by students from the University of Nottingham continues into its fifth year with a focus on key theoreticians of contemporary Western Marxism. In response to an increasing demand for an alternative politics and the corresponding resurgent interest in theory, we turn to key texts by Lukács, the Frankfurt School, Sartre, Althusser, Poulantzas, Negri, Badiou and Žižek.

The reading group sessions will take place fortnightly on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. in Trent B4 in the University of Nottingham starting 14th October 2010. You can download the poster here and the reading list is available here.

At the moment the group is comprised of both university students and members of the general public, and we welcome anyone with an interest in politics, philosophy, history, critical theory and culture. The texts for each session will be available in advance from the postgraduate research office in Trent B4b. For more information, please write to Adity Singh at

We will also continue for the third year with the parallel series of Film Screenings that will take place on alternate Thursdays from 6-9pm in LG140 Hallward Library Screening Room, University of Nottingham starting 21st October 2010. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. Please see the poster here from more details.

I hope to see many of you for the reading group discussions and/or the film screenings.

Best wishes,

Adity Singh

P.S. In case the embedded links to the posters do not work, here are the dates:

Marx Reading Group:


14th October 2010 – György Lukács

28th October 2010 – Frankfurt School I – Theodor W. Adorno
11th November 2010 – Frankfurt School II – Walter Benjamin
25th November 2010 – Frankfurt School III – Herbert Marcuse
13th January 2011 – Jean Paul Sartre I
27th January 2011 – Jean-Paul Sartre II
10th February 2011 – Louis Althusser I
24th February 2011 – Louis Althusser II
10th March 2011 – Nicos Poulantzas
24th March 2011 – Antonio Negri
12th May 2011 – Alain Badiou
26th May 2011 – Slavoj Žižek

Marxist Film Screenings:

21st October 2010 – Red Cartoons (Animations from East Germany) + Eisenstein’s Strike (1925)
4th November 2010 – Pudovkin’s Mother, 1905 (1926)
18th November 2010 – Eisenstein’s Old and New (1929)
2nd December 2010 – Dovzhenko’s Earth (1930)
20th January 2011 – Pasolini’s Hawks and Sparrows (1966)
3rd February 2011 – Beyer’s The trace of stones (1966)
17th February 2011 – Alea’s Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)
3rd March 2011 – Karmitz’s Coup pour coup (1972)
17th March 2011 – Grlic’s You only love once (1981)
31st March 2011 – Aranda’s Libertarias (1996)
19th May 2011 – Wakamatsu’s United Red Army (2007)
2nd June 2011 – Godard’s Socialisme (2010)


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It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Published 15th March 2010



Tuesday 23 March / Launch at the Institut Français in London. Emilie Bickerton will be introducing a special screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s PIERROT LE FOU, followed by Q & A. See here for booking and details:

Wednesday 24 March / Emilie Bickerton will be introducing a special screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s A BOUT DE SOUFFLE, followed by Q & A, followed by book signing, wine and snacks at CINEPHILIA WEST. See here for more details:


“The French New Wave directors all came from Cahiers du Cinema, a magazine that turned film criticism upside down in the 1950s. The salvoes of its sagacity are finely charted by Bickerton, who also laments the recent slide into dumbed-down mediocrity.” Nigel Andrews, Financial Times Books of the Year

“What I love is Bickerton’s certainty and courage. She’s stepping here into the viperous pit of French intellectual life like a mongoose with a mission.” Nick James, Sight & Sound

“Bickerton has done a valuable and highly informative job in locating the historical roots of Cahiers in the cinematic cultural debate that French intellectuals engaged in from the first world war onwards, and an equally useful one in relating the magazine’s decline to the distressing politics of post-1968 France.” Philip French, Observer

“The author masterfully unveils the power and the joy that rose up from the pages during the formative years of Cahiers.” David Cotner, LA Times


The first full history in English of Cahiers du Cinema. The French film magazine was the single most influential project in the history of cinema, integral to the formation of the iconic French New Wave. Founded in 1951 under the editorship of Andre Bazin, the journal was responsible for establishing film as the ‘seventh art’ equal to literature, painting or music, revolutionizing film-making, criticism and theory.

Godard, Truffaut, Rohmer, Rivette and Chabrol were its first generation of critics. Before taking the camera to the streets and reinventing cinematic rules as directors, these men at the cinematic vanguard wielded the pen as the original weapon in their fight against the prevailing nostalgia for the silent era and admiration of cinema de qualite.

Cahiers critics faced ridicule when they called Hitchcock, Hawks or Preminger artists. But the magazine won the battle and convinced the world that these suspense thrillers, noirs or westerns were the greatest expressions of Twentieth Century art.

In this rich and authoritative history, Emilie Bickerton explores Cahiers’ evolution, tracing its post-war beginnings to the New Wave, late-sixties politicization, the response to the television era in the seventies and eighties and the subsequent denouement of Cahiers’ radicalism in the eighties and progressive shift to the mainstream and buy-up from Le Monde in the millennium.

Cahiers’ history is also a story of France’s relationship with America. Admired and vilified with equal passion, Bickerton assesses how Cahiers’ critical positions were consistently defined and reformulated in response to the cinema, and politics, coming from across the Atlantic.

Bickerton’s sharp and focused history of the journal’s trajectory traces the vital but subtle interconnections between cultural and arts criticism, and the society and politics out of which this emerges. It is a book for cinephiles, Francophiles, arts critics and film students alike.


EMILIE BICKERTON is on the editorial board of New Left Review. She is a journalist for Agence France-Presse in Paris, and writes regularly on film, literature and anthropology for publications including the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian.


ISBN: 978 1 84467 232 5 / $26.95 / £14.99 / CAN$29.50 / 176 pages


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