Slavoj Zizek – Masterclass – day 3 – Notes Towards a Definition of Communist Culture – Wagner’s Ring as a Communist Narrative


The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Event Date: Wednesday 17 June  2009

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.

from 17 June 2009:

Wagner’s Ring as a Communist narrative




PART I   Monday 15 June 2009: Utopias
PART II  Tuesday 16 June 2009: Architecture
PART IV  Thursday 18 June 2009:Populism and Democracy
PART V   Friday 19 June 2009: Multiculturalism

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