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Women of a Red Decade: Women Writers of the Left in the 1930s

LECTURE

Professor Mary Joannou

MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY

37a Clerkenwell Green,
London EC1R 0DU

Monday 4th April

6.30pm £2.50/£1 concessions

Women writers of the left made an important contribution to the radical thinking of the day but the extent of their contribution has not been fully recognised. This lecture will discuss the achievement of some of the most politically committed authors whose work shaped and made a difference to the ‘red decade’.  These include Winifred Holtby, Storm Jameson, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Ellen Wilkinson, Virginia Woolf, Vera Brittain, Naomi Mitchison, and Nancy Cunard.

Mary Joannou is Professor of Literary History and Women’s Writing at Anglia Ruskin University.  Her research interests are the women’s suffrage movement, the 1930s, and late Victorian and early twentieth-century writing.  Her publications include “Ladies, Please Don’t Smash These Windows: Women’s Writing, Feminism and Social Change 1918-1938” and “Contemporary Women’s Writing: From the Golden Notebook to the Color Purple”.

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Revolution

NEW TITLES FROM VERSO’S REVOLUTIONS SERIES

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT’S A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN (introduced by SHEILA ROWBOTHAM)

THOMAS MUNTZER’S SERMON TO THE PRINCES (introduced by WU MING)

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SHEILA ROWBOTHAM presents

A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN

By MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

Published 2nd August 2010

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PRAISE FOR MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT:

“Every day she made theories by which life should be lived; and every day she came smack against the rock of other peoples’ prejudices. Everyday too – for she was no pedant, no cold-blooded theorist – something was born in her that thrust aside her theories and forced her to model them again.” – Virginia Woolf

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“It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness.” – MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

Renowned feminist historian SHEILA ROWBOTHAM, author of Edward Carpenter and Dreamers of a New Day, introduces a new edition of MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT’S seminal A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN, exploring Wollstonecraft’s unconventional and controversial life and the development of her groundbreaking work.

Originally written in 1790, Mary Wollstonecraft’s book remains one of the very first works of feminist philosophy. Groundbreaking in its demands for women’s rights, A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN remains one of history’s most important and eloquent broadsides against sexual oppression. Although controversial, it was well received on its publication, and the backlash against Wollstonecraft only began after her death, when details of her private life were published by her lover, William Godwin.

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SHEILA ROWBOTHAM is a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester . Her many books include the James Tait Black-shortlisted Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love and Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century.  She has written for many publications including the Guardian, The Times, the Independent, New Statesman, and the New York Times.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 446 6/ $15.95 / £8.99 / CAN$20 / 320 pages

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For more information visit:

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WU MING presents

SERMON TO THE PRINCES

By THOMAS MUNTZER

Published 12th July 2010

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“A locus classicus for those who wish to meditate on the bonds between religious activism and social upheaval, and to explore the volatile combination of theological innovation and political strategy.” – Alberto Toscano

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“Again and again, I hear nothing from the doctors of theology but the mere words of Scripture, which they have knavishly stolen from the Bible like malicious thieves and cruel murderers. They will be damned for this theft by God himself…” THOMAS MUNTZER

WU MING, the radical Italian authors’ collective, introduce this new edition of THOMAS MUNTZER’S sermons, alongside his final confession before being executed. Previously writing under the name Luther Blissett, WU MING are the authors of Q – the highly acclaimed novel dramatising the Protestant Reformation in which the protagonist fights alongside Muntzer in the Peasant’s War of 1524. The book also features an additional preface explaining the historical context of Muntzer’s sermons.

THOMAS MUNTZER was one of the most radical pastors of the Reformation. Originally a follower of Luther, he became frustrated at the limited nature of Luther’s stand against the church, later referring to Luther as “Dr Liar” and “the poisonous black raven”.  Demanding the realisation of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, Muntzer went on to lead the Peasant’s War of 1524, for which he was later beheaded.

WU MING’S characteristically sweeping introduction shows how Muntzer has continued to inspire radicals and visionaries for 500 years, from Marx and Engels to 21st century anti-capitalist protesters. They also draw direct parallels between the Peasant’s War and the 1990s Zapatista Levantmiento – “the most inspiring peasant uprising of our time”.

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WU MING is a collective of five fiction writers. Their bestselling books include the novel Q, written under the pseudonym of Luther Blissett, and 54. Their website is www.wumingfoundation.com.

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ISBN: 978 1 84467 320 9/ $15.95 / £8.99 / CAN$20 / 172 pages

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Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze

DELEUZE & RACE

 

Jason Adams

While the relevance of Gilles Deleuze for a materialist feminism has been amply demonstrated in the last two decades or so, what this key philosopher of difference and desire can do for the theorization of race and racism has received surprisingly little attention. This is despite the explicit formulation of a materialist theory of race as instantiated in colonization, sensation, capitalism and culture, particularly in Deleuze’s collaborative work with Félix Guattari.

Part of the explanation of why there has been a relative silence on Deleuze within critical race and colonial studies is that the philosophical impetus for overcoming eugenics and nationalism have for decades been anchored in the conventional readings of Kant and Hegel, which Deleuze laboured to displace. Through the vocabularies of psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and moral philosophy, even the more sophisticated theorizations of race today continue the neo-Kantian/neo-Hegelian programme of retrieving a cosmopolitan universality beneath the ostensibly inconsequential differences called race.

Opposing this idealism, Deleuze instead asks whether the conceptual basis for this program, however commendable, does not foreclose its political aims, particularly in its avoidance of the material relations it seeks to change. The representationalism and oversimplified dialectical frameworks guiding the dominant antiracist programme actively suppress an immanentist legacy which according to Deleuze is far better suited to grasping how power and desire differentiate bodies and populations: the legacies of Spinoza, Marx and Nietzsche; biology and archeology; Virginia Woolf and Jack Kerouac; cinema, architecture, and the fleshy paintings of Francis Bacon. It is symptomatic too, that Foucault’s influential notion of biopolitics, so close to Deleuze and Guattari’s writings on the state, is usually taken up without its explicit grounding in race, territory and capitalist exchange. Similarly, those (like Negri) that twist biopolitics into a mainly Marxian category, meanwhile, lose the Deleuzoguattarian emphasis on racial and sexual entanglement. It would seem then, that it is high time for a rigorous engagement with the many conceptual ties between Foucault’s lectures on biopolitics, Deleuze and Guattari, and Deleuze-influenced feminism, to obtain a new materialist framework for studying racialization as well as the ontopolitics of becoming from which it emerges. While it will inevitably overlap in a few ways, this collection will differ from work done under the “postcolonial” rubric for a number of important reasons.

First, instead of the mental, cultural, therapeutic, or scientific representations of racial difference usually analyzed in postcolonial studies, it will seek to investigate racial difference “in itself”, as it persists as a biocultural, biopolitical force amid other forces. For Deleuze and Guattari, as for Nietzsche before them, race is far from inconsequential, though this does not mean it is set in stone.

Second, as Fanon knew, race is a global phenomenon, with Europe’s racism entirely entwined with settler societies and the continuing poverty in the peripheries. The effects of exploitation, slavery, displacement, war, migration, exoticism and miscegenation are too geographically diffuse and too contemporary to fit comfortably under the name “postcolonial”. Rather, we seek to illuminate the material divergences that phenotypical variation often involves, within any social, cultural or political locus.

Third, again like Nietzsche, but also Freud, Deleuze and Guattari reach into the deep recesses of civilization to expose an ancient and convoluted logic of racial discrimination preceding European colonialism by several millennia. Far from naturalizing racism, this nomadological and biophilosophical “geology of morals” shows that racial difference is predicated on fully contingent territorializations of power and desire, that can be disassembled and reassembled differently. That race is immanent to the materiality of the body then, does not mean that it is static any more than that it is simple: rather what it suggests is that its transformation is an always already incipient reality.

Possible themes:

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS – Oedipus and racialization – fascist desire – civilization, savagery and barbarism – earth and its peoples – delirium and hallucination as racial – miscegenation

CAPITALISM – faciality – colonization and labor migration as racializing apparatuses of capture – urban segregation – environmental racism

POLITICS – hate speech and law as order-words – D&G, May ’68 and the third world – Deleuze and Palestine – Guattari and Brazil – terrorist war machines and societies of control – Deleuzian feminism and race

SCIENCE – neuroscience and race – continuing legacies of racist science and the “Bell Curve” debate – kinship, rhizomatics and arboreality – animals, plants, minerals and racial difference – miscegenation – evolutionary biology and human phenotypical variation – vitalism and Nazism

ART – affects of race (sport, hiphop, heavy metal, disco…) – primitivism (Rimbaud, Michaux, Artaud, Tournier, Castaneda, etc.) – vision, cinema and race – music, resonance and bodies

PHILOSOPHY – geophilosophy: provincializing canonical philosophy – race and becoming – decolonizing Spinoza, Leibniz, Hume, Schelling… – the effect of criticisms of Deleuze (Badiou, Zizek, Hallward) on antiracism Chapters will be between 4000 and 7000 words long.

Arun Saldanha will write the introduction and a chapter called “Bastard and mixed-blood are the true names of race”.

Jason Michael Adams will write the conclusion.

For more details on this project, contact Jason Adams at: adamsj@HAWAII.EDU

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