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Theatre of Tragedy

Theatre of Tragedy

TRAGEDY AS A POLITICAL CATEGORY

Tuesday December 4, 16:00-17:45 | Westminster Forum, 5th Floor, Wells Street 

Dr Alberto Toscano, Goldsmiths, University of London

Alberto Toscano is a cultural critic, social theorist, philosopher and translator best known to the English-speaking world for his translations of the work of Alain Badiou, including Badiou’s The Century and Logics of Worlds. He served as both editor and translator of Badiou’s Theoretical Writings and On Beckett.

Alberto Toscano’s own work has been described both as an investigation of the persistence of the idea of communism in contemporary thought and a genealogical inquiry into the concept of fanaticism. He is the author of The Theatre of Production (2006), and his book Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea was published in 2010. Toscano has published numerous articles on contemporary philosophy, politics and social theory. In an article on the Tarnac 9 case,written for The Guardian in December 2009, Toscano argues that society is losing its ability to distinguish between vandalism and terrorism.

A senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, Toscano is a member of the editorial board of the journal Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory.

The seminar will be followed by refreshments

Link: http://www.gold.ac.uk/sociology/staff/toscano/

First published in: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/tragedy-as-a-political-category-csd-seminar-with-alberto-toscano-tuesday-december-4

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Tragedy

Tragedy

Chinese Revolution

THE TRAGEDY OF THE CHINESE REVOLUTION

New from Haymarket Books:

The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
By Harold R. Isaacs

Introduction by Leon Trotsky

MOST ACCOUNTS OF the modern Chinese state begin with Mao’s 1949 Revolution; but to understand how the contest for power in one of the world’s most controversial nations began, it is necessary to look further back. In The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution, Isaac’s classic work of Marxist scholarship, the story of a promising struggle of workers and peasants for genuine self-government in 1925-27 is masterfully reclaimed. The defeat of their fight for socialism from below profoundly shaped the course of China’s development thereafter, in which the crude and illegitimate formulation of socialism from above became the order of the day. Originally published in 1938, The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution makes an important contribution to discussions of the developing clash between China and other international powers, as well as to the country’s enigmatic internal conflicts.

HAROLD R. ISAACS was a Marxist historian who identified closely with Trotsky’s critique of the Soviet Union’s degeneration under the control of an authoritarian Stalinist bureaucracy.

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The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
By Harold R. Isaacs
March 2009
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FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE

 

Verso Books and the Brecht Forum welcome

Zizek: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

7:00 PM / Wednesday October 14, 2009, the Cooper Union, Great Hall, New York

Advance Registration: http://www.brechtforum.org/zizek  

Pay what you can: $10 / $15 ($15 admission includes a copy of Zizek’s newly-released First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Called “the most dangerous philosopher in the West,” Slavoj Žižek is today’s most controversial public intellectual. His work traverses the fields of philosophy, psychoanalysis, theology, history and political theory, taking in film, popular culture, literature and jokes—all to provide acute analyses of the complexities of contemporary ideology as well as a serious and sophisticated philosophy. The author of over 50 books, his forthcoming First as Tragedy, Then As Farce will be published in October.

Slavoj Žižek’s provocative prose has challenged a generation of activists and intellectuals. Now “the Elvis of cultural theory” will make a major New York City appearance on October 14 at the Great Hall in Cooper Union. Zizek’s talk—“FIRST AS TRAGEDY, THEN AS FARCE”—will frame the current global crisis, with an accessible analysis of how we moved from the tragedy 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.

First as Tragedy, Then As Farce (Verso Books; $12.95; Pub October 19, 2009) asks whether we are prepared now that history has forced itself upon us, first with the attacks of September 11, 2001 and more recently with the financial meltdown of 2008. While figures on the Right and Left alike now descry the years of irrational exuberance that propped up the housing bubble, few have come to understand the deadlock that binds us. A call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation, First as Tragedy, Then As Farce declares that “the time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.”

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