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Week of November 20, 2000
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Week of November 13, 2000

Patas Arriba (Upside Down) Bufon de Juan Guadalupe Posada
by Eduardo Galeano.
"Galeano takes us on a dark tour throught the rabbit hole at the End of History. Like the revolutionary printmaker Posada, he unmasks the belle epoque of the bourgeoisie as a danse macabre of the masses. No one has focused greater moral clarity on the inhuman conditions and radical inequalities that sustain the mirage of the New Economy." Mike Davis, author of Ecology of Fear, from the book jacket.

Review in Salon: Review of Upside Down By Greg Villepique.

See also Monthly Press Review of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano.

See also Galeano and Martí by Ken Liddle at the Univeristy of Texas in Austin. See also his The Role of Power in Latin American Monocultures, based on Galeano's Open Veins in Latin America, and his Geronimo: An early Revolutionary, based on Galeano's description in Faces and Masks. If you have difficulty reading Geronmo, in Netscape you can click on View, then on Page source, and you'll be able to read the whole piece clearly, or link here. This is a student's work, but very nicely put together. I recommend that you read it. jeanne

See also a translation of a poem for the millennium by Galeano:
Remembering by Eduardo Galeano.

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and JaiTee Speed and Marlene Boykin and Jerry Gilmore are all back home.


Considering for Text in Moot Court Class or Love and Peace Class:Martha Minow's Between Vengeance and Forgiveness:
Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence

Available in paperback. Beacon Pr; ISBN: 0807045071 (November 1999)

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Minow is an excellent writer: her works are readable and engaging, despite the fact that she is a Harvard Law Professor. This work fits perfectly into our ongoing discussions of adversarialism and mutuality, and Fellman's concern for shifting paradigms towards peacemaking.

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jeanne had the Logan Collection catalog shipped. We should have it in a week.
Report on Saturday's field trip to SFMOMA up soon.

The Girl with the Knife Painting at SFMOMA

Yoshitomo Nara at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
The Darker Side of Playland:
Childhood Imagery
, from the Logan Collection.

Helnwein's Malevolent Mickey Mouse also in San Francisco MOMA Exhibit:
Gottfried Helnwein
Link to Artist, then Biography.
Link to Works for the Adoration of the Magi as Fascist Officers.
Heavy symbolism typical of Helnwein's work.

Partial List of Texts Ordered for Spring 2001:

Recommended Readings for jeanne's Classes:

  • Elections, 2000. Online.
  • Theory Class

      The Media and Control of Dominant Discourse: Presidential Elections 2000:

    • political hegemony (fwd) by Klocke Brian V. 14 November 2000 "this is the best theoretical article I have ever read on the topic! Even though it was published last year, I was struck by its utility in providing insightful applications to the current discourse around the election spectacle!" Online.

    • Read "Postmodernism" by David Harvey, in Elliott's Contemporary Social Theory pp. 303-316. Hardcopy.

      Postmodernism: David Harvey:

      Note particularly Huyssen's statement on p. 303: "in an important sector of our culture there is a noticeable shift in sensibility, practices and discourse formations which distinguishes a post-modern set of assumptions, experiences and propositions from that of a preceding period."

      Note also on p. 304: "It is nowadays the norm to seek out 'pluralistic' and 'organic' strategies for approaching urban development as a 'collage' of highly differentiated. space and mixtures. . . ."

      Note also on p. 305: "In philosophy, the intermingling of a revived American pragmatism with the post-Marxist and post-structural wave that struck Paris after 1968 produced what Bernstein [R. Bernstein, Habermas and Modernity] calls 'a rage against humanism and the Enlightenment legacy.'" Try to define humanism in this context. Relate this to a re-interpretation of Marx.

      I'll do my best to get up a recognition and recall this week. jeanne

      Re-Interpretation of Marx:

      Then, read also: David Harvey's anomie by Louis Proyect.

      Note particularly: "To one extent or another, his problem is faced by all Marxist-leaning academics. They are separated from their natural social base and have to gear their message to their professional colleagues, such as the Duke conference organizers. For someone like Harvey who genuinely seeks to connect with an authentic social base of oppressed and self-aware people, the frustration must run very deep. Perhaps one of the reasons he has decided to make ideological warfare on mainstream greens is that they epitomize the sort of middle-class smugness that exists in academia, but don't present any sort of threat to his professional interests. It is one thing to unload against the Sierra Club, it is another to go up against the Duke crowd. You might not get invited to give a plenary speech at the next bash." Link this paragraph conceptually to the problem of dominant discourse and silencing of the Other.

      And also: The Geography of the Manifesto by David Harvey. Online. English.

      And also: La place du Manifeste communiste dans l'élaboration de l'idée marxienne de la société post-capitaliste by Paresh Chattopadhyay. Online. French. Will translate some of it soon. jeanne

      And also: Aspectos eticos en el Manifesto del partido comunista de Marx y Engels by Jaime Caycedo, Colombia. Online. Spanish. Will translate some of it soon. jeanne

      And also: Beyond civil society by John Ehrenberg Online. English.

      And particularly: Socialism Today by Dov Khenin Israel. Online. English. Clear, understandable explanations of late capitalism, marxism, and socialism. Do not take as ultimate authority; but this may help you understand some of the global debates on economic alternatives in distributive justice.

      And particularly: Around the Manifesto, Communism today, Reading the Manifesto by Georges Labica. Summary of the main characteristics of the Manifesto. Online. English.

      Because you asked: Marx and Feminism

      Capitalist exploitation and patriarchal exploitation in the Communist Manifesto: another form of "veiling women". by Christine Delphy.

      Read ahead:

      • Link the Radical Philosophy piece to Minow's book on Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence
        Online.

        Compare also to review of Empire by Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri on Amazon.com.

        From Amazon.com's editorial review: "More than analysis, Empire is also an unabashedly utopian work of political philosophy, a new Communist Manifesto. Looking beyond the regimes of exploitation and control that characterize today's world order, it seeks an alternative political paradigm--the basis for a truly democratic global society." Online.

        Compare also David Harvey's Spaces of Hope and his reinterpretations of "Marx's writings[in which he finds] "a wealth of relevant analysis and theoretical insight. . . . He outlines a new kind of utopian thought, which he calls dialectical utopianism, and refocuses our attention on possible designs for a more equitable world of work and living with nature." Online.

      • Radical Philosophy
        Link to Issues List in left-most frame, then scroll down the whole list to Issue No. 103, September/October 2000. Link to that issue. Then link to "Empire, or Multitude: Transnational Negri," by John Kraniauskas.
        This article gives you some important information on the 21st Century's beginning to re-interpret Marx. Online.
        "It is `one of the most brilliant, erudite, and yet incisively political interpretations to date of the phenomenon called "globalization"' writes Chakrabarty [subalternist historian Dipesh Chakrabarty]; and more - `The first great new theoretical synthesis of the new millennium', according to Jameson, `a comprehensive new historical narrative, which is both a critique of a wide variety of contemporary theory and a prophetic call for energies to come'. Thus Empire arrives as a prepackaged intellectual event imprinted with its status as both a galvanizing political document and a fundamental critical diagnosis of contemporary global capitalism. Few works of radical criticism have been so well `placed' in the intellectual market. For Zizek, the authors offer us `nothing less than a rewriting of The Communist Manifesto for our time' which `ring[s] the death-bell not only for the complacent liberal advocates of the "end of history", but also for pseudo-radical Cultural Studies which avoid the full confrontation with today's capitalism'."

    Review:

  • Multiple Perspectives on Violence: Frantz Fanon Online.
  • Social Policy: Between Theory and Practice Online.

    Distributive Justice Class

    • Ethnic or Postcolonial?: Gender and Diaspora Politics Note particularly Paragraph 6 of the paper:
      "And yet, the editor’s introductory emphasis on the personal essay as "the most appropriate vehicle of expression" for the "previously silenced" does raise some questions (15). Does the "previously silenced" include the entire population of South Asian women in America, or is there a distinction within this group between intellectuals and subalterns, between those who can and cannot speak? A few of the essays, especially those related to marital rape and domestic violence, seem to emphasize such an internal hierarchy based on class. Almost all the examples in these essays refer to women whose cultural and financial resources place them in a lower class than the activists/researchers who are writing about them. The authors of these essays do carefully negotiate between re-enacting the victimization by speaking for the victims and rendering their own positions transparent by allowing the victims’ words to speak for themselves. However, this balancing act, while preventing any easy distinction between subjective experience and objective theory, does not prevent the continued silencing of violence as a reality that affects all classes of South Asian immigrant women. Ironically, the women who "cannot" speak then are not the subalterns but the intellectuals whose experience of violence is not addressed in these essays."
    • "The Plague of Normality": Reconfiguring Realism in Postcolonial Theory by Laura Moss, University of Manitoba Online.
      "I simply want to add to the conversation by suggesting that while some realist fiction may indeed reinforce the structural hierarchies of colonialism, other texts may contain resistance to the 'real' material oppressions of postcolonial societies and allow space for what Wilson Harris calls the "re-visionary potential within texts of reality" ("The Fabric of the Imagination," 176)."

      Consider the above paragraph in light of the effect of dominant discourse on the imaginary and, consequently, on agency. Link this conceptually back to Fellman's shifting paradigm of adversarialism.

    • The Differences of Identity by Shelly Jarrett Bromberg, University of the West Indies -- St. Augustine.
      "Ultimately, the collection's most successful theme, which extends beyond the boundaries of exile and diaspora, both internal and external, may be the celebration of alterity. In many of the essays the aesthetic and/or theoretical resistance to subsuming difference through either essentialized or universalized categories leads to new and thought-provoking readings of culture, nation and identity."
    • Example of use of "alterity" in discussion of genocide and ethnocide.
      From Archeology of Violence, Pierre Clastres, in translation. Recognition and Recall on genocide and ethnocide soon. jeanne Definition Online.

    • Read "Postmodernism" by David Harvey, in Elliott's Contemporary Social Theory pp. 303-316. Hardcopy.

      See the notes on David Harvey under Theory Class above. What does the "rage against humanism and the Enlightenment" mean for our study of distributive justice? I'll try to get up a Recognition and Recall as quickly as possible. jeanne Online.

    • Academic Discourse: On Structural Violence in Institutions
    • Women and Subservience in Reasoning Online.
    • Multiple Perspectives on Violence: Frantz Fanon Online.

    Love and Peace Class

    Read Ahead:

    On the Role of Spontaneity in Paradigm Shifts

    Statistics Class: