Kluge’s News From Ideological Antiquity. Part 2: All Things Are Bewitched People

When Eisenstein had the idea to film Capital, he thought that the literary methods found in Joyce’s Ulysses would be helpful for his project. According to Fredric Jameson, what Eisenstein had in mind here is “something like a Marxist version of Freudian free association—the chain of hidden links that leads us from the surface of everyday life and experience to the very sources of production itself. Eisenstein’s idea was use the structure of Ulysses, a ‘day in the life’ narrative interrupted by stream-of-consciousness, together with his theories of montage to depict a narrative film version of Capital. ” (See New Left Review, No 58 for Jameson’s review)
“… important devices should be added: Russian Formalist defamiliarisation and Brechtian distancing. Never very far from didactic methods, Kluge insists: “We must let Till Eulenspiegel [a trickster figure in German folklore] pass across Marx and Eisenstein both, in order to create confusion allowing knowledge and emotions to be combined together in new ways.” — Julia Vassilieva, Screening The Past
Kluge’s film is divided into three parts: Part III. Paradoxes of Exchange Society will be scheduled at a future July date.

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The Politics of James Joyce and the Easter Rising

A Discussion with author Robert Seidman, moderated by Alex Steinberg

As we approach the anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s peripatetic journey around Dublin we will consider why Joyce matters to radicals and socialists. We will discuss the radicalism of his work and his singular contribution to our understanding of modernity. And nowhere is this more evident than in his masterpiece Ulysses which explores a multitude of themes and genres. The discussion will be led by Robert Seidman. This event is a prelude to the celebration of Bloomsday that is taking place all over the world on June 16.

ROBERT SEIDMAN is a novelist, Emmy-winning screenwriter, and literary critic. With Don Gifford, he is co-author of Ulysses Annotated: An Annotation of James Joyce’s Ulysses, University of California Press, 1988. His recent novel, Moments Captured, based loosely on the work and life of the pioneering nineteenth century photographer Eadweard Muybridge, was published in the U.S. by the Overlook Press in 2012 and in England by Duckworth Press in 2014. One Smart Indian, his novel about a Northern Cheyenne set in mid-nineteenth century America, was published by the Overlook Press in 1980. He co-wrote Margaret Mead: An Observer Observed, a docu-drama about Mead’s life, intellectual contributions, and the creation of her legend. He is co-writer of Waiting for Beckett, which won the Golden Apple of the National Educational Film and Video Festival and the Silver Hugo Award. He also wrote Wallace Stevens: Man Made Out of Words, which appeared in the Voices and Visions series. Seidman was co-writer of Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, winner of the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Documentary, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Emmy for Best Documentary, 2007.

ALEX STEINBERG has taught Engels and the Dialectics of Nature and most recently, Spectres of the Dialectic from the Big Bang to the Multiverse in the fall of 2014. He has previously given classes on Hegel and Marxist philosophy and been a presenter at the Left Forum. He has also served on the local and national boards of radio station WBAI.

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