The master class analyses phenomena of modern thought and culture with the intention to discern elements of possible Communist culture. It moves at two levels: first, it interprets some cultural phenomena (from today’s architecture to classic literary works like Rousseau’s La Nouvelle Heloise) as failures to imagine or enact a Communist culture; second, it explores attempts at imagining how a Communist culture could look, from Wagner’s Ring to Kafka’s and Beckett’s short stories and contemporary science fiction novels.
Different Utopian Visions
Architecture as Ideology: the Failure of Performance-Arts Venues to construct a Communal Space
Wagner’s Ring as a Communist Narrative
Iran, Populism and Democracy
Environment, Identity and Multiculturalism
Allen Speight, Hegel, Literature and the Problem of Agency (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2001)
Slavoj Žižek and John Millbank, The Monstrosity of Christ (Cambridge: MIT Press 2009)
Richard Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelungs (libretto, available on line)
Franz Kafka: Josephine the Singer, or the Mouse Folk (available online)
Samuel Beckett: Not I (available online)
Theodor Sturgeon, Stranger Than Human (a classic sci-fi novel available in many editions).