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Melancholy Images, from Left Wing Melancholia: Marxis, History and Memory

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extracts from Enzo Traverso's book

Traverso, E. (2017). Melancholy Images, from Left Wing Melancholia: Marxis, History and Memory. Salvage, 5, pp. 137-157

(noun) curse execration

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Oppression is an ancestral, compelling, almost ontological malediction.

—p.140 missing author
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Oppression is an ancestral, compelling, almost ontological malediction.

—p.140 missing author
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(adjective) indigenous native / (adjective) formed or originating in the place where found

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the fictional Caribbean island of Queimada, whose autochthonous population has been smashed by the colonisers

—p.144 missing author
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the fictional Caribbean island of Queimada, whose autochthonous population has been smashed by the colonisers

—p.144 missing author
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145

Burn! depicts two parallel trajectories: on the one hand, the moral abyss into which neocolonialism pushes its agents and, on the other, the progressive development of a political consciousness among the ruled people. When Walker meets Dolores, he believes in civilisation and progress, with the illusion that anticolonialism and British trade merge into a common cause. Ten years later - a period condensing the contradictions of a century [...] - he has lost his illusions and his Western culture is reduced to pure instrumental reason: he likes to do his work well and is interested exclusively in 'how', not in 'why', to do it. Dolores, on the contrary, knows he fights for liberation even if he still does not know 'how' to realise his goal. [...]

—p.145 missing author 1 year, 11 months ago

Burn! depicts two parallel trajectories: on the one hand, the moral abyss into which neocolonialism pushes its agents and, on the other, the progressive development of a political consciousness among the ruled people. When Walker meets Dolores, he believes in civilisation and progress, with the illusion that anticolonialism and British trade merge into a common cause. Ten years later - a period condensing the contradictions of a century [...] - he has lost his illusions and his Western culture is reduced to pure instrumental reason: he likes to do his work well and is interested exclusively in 'how', not in 'why', to do it. Dolores, on the contrary, knows he fights for liberation even if he still does not know 'how' to realise his goal. [...]

—p.145 missing author 1 year, 11 months ago

(adjective) lying under or below / (adjective) lower than though not directly below

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The vision of history subjacent to both films is a kind of revolutionary historicism that posits guerilla onflict and revolution as ineluctable.

pretty

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The vision of history subjacent to both films is a kind of revolutionary historicism that posits guerilla onflict and revolution as ineluctable.

pretty

—p.146 missing author
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an ancient religious movement that has to do with duality? "an elaborate dualistic cosmology describing the struggle between a good, spiritual world of light, and an evil, material world of darkness"

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it is through such a 'Manichean' violence, symmetrical to the enemy's violence, that the oppressed achieve the awareness of their own strength.

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it is through such a 'Manichean' violence, symmetrical to the enemy's violence, that the oppressed achieve the awareness of their own strength.

—p.146 missing author
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(noun) a container or shrine in which sacred relics are kept

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It can only be conserved, in a reliquary form, as a testimony of an experience related to history by an emotional link.

—p.147 by Enzo Traverso
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It can only be conserved, in a reliquary form, as a testimony of an experience related to history by an emotional link.

—p.147 by Enzo Traverso
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clear and obvious, in a stark or exaggerated form

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It was as if his own feeling of impotence were writ large on the political scene everywhere.

—p.147 by Edward W. Said
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It was as if his own feeling of impotence were writ large on the political scene everywhere.

—p.147 by Edward W. Said
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[...] Like Dionysus in Greek mythology, Lenin could reborn. This is not an announcement of victory; it is a socialist wager, based on the recognition that all has to be rebuilt.

damn. good section ending (if we ignore the missing "be" before "reborn"). worth thinking about more - the cyclical nature of things? destroying, rebuilding?

—p.149 by Enzo Traverso 1 year, 11 months ago

[...] Like Dionysus in Greek mythology, Lenin could reborn. This is not an announcement of victory; it is a socialist wager, based on the recognition that all has to be rebuilt.

damn. good section ending (if we ignore the missing "be" before "reborn"). worth thinking about more - the cyclical nature of things? destroying, rebuilding?

—p.149 by Enzo Traverso 1 year, 11 months ago
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[...] she had retreated into a prison of fear and suffering whereas her sons had chosen the struggle: 'they looked for life, and their reasons were stronger than mine.' They did not look for sacrifice or martyrdom and their political choice was rooted in a vital desire of freedom. 'What survives is desire; they cannot kill this desire. [...]' [...]

on Carmen Castillo's 2007 film, Santa Fe Street, about the death of her husband (an MIR revolutionary) in Chile

—p.153 by Enzo Traverso 1 year, 11 months ago

[...] she had retreated into a prison of fear and suffering whereas her sons had chosen the struggle: 'they looked for life, and their reasons were stronger than mine.' They did not look for sacrifice or martyrdom and their political choice was rooted in a vital desire of freedom. 'What survives is desire; they cannot kill this desire. [...]' [...]

on Carmen Castillo's 2007 film, Santa Fe Street, about the death of her husband (an MIR revolutionary) in Chile

—p.153 by Enzo Traverso 1 year, 11 months ago

(noun) the act of renouncing or rejecting something; self-denial

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describes the abnegation of unknown people

—p.155 by Enzo Traverso
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describes the abnegation of unknown people

—p.155 by Enzo Traverso
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156

[...] Paul Celan distinguished between u-topia and utopia. U-topia, literally 'no-place,' is a nonexisting locus, whereas utopia meas a hope, an expectation, a vision of the future, something not existing yet. According to Ernst Bloch, utopia is a prefiguration, the realm of the 'not yet' (noch nicht). This is also the meaning of Celan's utopia, 'something open and free' to which poetry could give a form. Today, after the collapse of twentieth-century revolutions, utopia does not appear as a 'not yet', but rather as u-topia, a no-longer-existing place, a destroyed utopia that is the object of melancholy art. Realms of memory are places (topoi) created in order to remember hopes turned into no-places, something that no longer exists. The utopias of the twenty-first century still have to be invented.

—p.156 by Enzo Traverso 1 year, 11 months ago

[...] Paul Celan distinguished between u-topia and utopia. U-topia, literally 'no-place,' is a nonexisting locus, whereas utopia meas a hope, an expectation, a vision of the future, something not existing yet. According to Ernst Bloch, utopia is a prefiguration, the realm of the 'not yet' (noch nicht). This is also the meaning of Celan's utopia, 'something open and free' to which poetry could give a form. Today, after the collapse of twentieth-century revolutions, utopia does not appear as a 'not yet', but rather as u-topia, a no-longer-existing place, a destroyed utopia that is the object of melancholy art. Realms of memory are places (topoi) created in order to remember hopes turned into no-places, something that no longer exists. The utopias of the twenty-first century still have to be invented.

—p.156 by Enzo Traverso 1 year, 11 months ago