Lives on the Left: Interviews with New Left Review

Lives on the Left: Interviews with New Left Review

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Four generations of intellectuals discuss their political histories and present perspectives, and the specialized work for which they are, often, best known. These recollections span the one hundred years from the eve of the Great War to the present, ranging across Europe East and West, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Psychoanalysis, philosophy, the gendering of private and public life, capital and class formation, the novel past and future, geography, and the theory and philosophy of language are among the associated areas of intellectual exchange. At the heart of the collection, in all its diversity of testimony and interpretation, reflection and affirmation, is a critical experience of communism and the tradition of Marx. The extended critical interview is perhaps uniquely flexible as a form, by turns tenacious and glancing, elliptical or sustained, combining argument and counter-argument, reflection, history and memoir with a freedom usually denied to its subjects in conventional articles and books. This volume brings together fifteen such interviews from New Left Review to illuminate the record of intellectual engagement on the Left in the twentieth century and since. Lives on the Left brings the voices of the intellectual left to a new generation of readers. Included here are Georg Lukacs, Hedda Korsch, Jean-Paul Sartre, Dorothy Thompson, Ernest Mandel, Luciana Castellina, Noam Chomsky, David Harvey, Joao Pedro Stedile, Wang Hui, Giovanni Arrighi and others.

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Francis Mulhern is Associate Editor of "New Left Review." His books include "The Moment of "Scrutiny"," "Culture/Metaculture" and the edited collection "Lives on the Left: Interviews with New Left Review." Giovanni Arrighi (1937-2009) was Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. His books include "The Long Twentieth Century," "Adam Smith in Beijing," and, with Beverly Silver, "Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System." His work has appeared in many publications, including "New Left Review"--who published an interview on his life-long intellectual trajectory in March-April 2009, and an obituary in Nov-Dec 2009--and there are more accounts on his memorial website. Asada Akira is a critic and curator and the current head of the Graduate School at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. His first book, published in 1983, was "Structure and Power: Beyond Semiotics." Since then he has published, among other things, "Beyond "the End of History"" and "The End of Cinema's Century." He was co-editor of "Hihyokukan" ("Critical Space"). Luciana Castellina has been a leading figure of the Italian Left since the 1960s. She co-founded the Partito di Unita Proletaria per il communismo (PdUP) and the Movimento dei Comunisti Unitari (CU). She was a member of the European parliament from 1979 to 1999 and has been at different times the editor of "Nuovo Generazione," "il manifesto" and "Liberazione." Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of "American Power and the New Mandarins," " Manufacturing Consent "(with Ed Herman), " Deterring Democracy," " Year 501," " World Orders Old and New," " Powers and Prospects," " Profit over People," " The New Military Humanism "and" Rogue States." Lucio Colletti (1924-2001) served on the editorial board of "Societa," the cultural journal of the Italian Communist Party (PCI). After his split with PCI, he became a staunch left critic of its political and cultural orthodoxy. In his final years, he shifted to the right, joining the camp of Silvio Berlusconi and serving as parliamentary deputy as part of Forza Italia. K. Damodaran (1904-1976) was a prolific writer came to Marxism after early experience of militancy and imprisonment in the cause of Indian independence. He was one of the founders of the Kerala unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and went on to serve on the party's National Council and Central Executive, and in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian legislature. Adolfo Gilly is a professor of history and politics at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and the author of the classic study "La revolucion interrumpida" (in English, "The Mexican Revolution"), which was conceived and written while he was imprisoned. David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including "Social Justice and the City," "The Condition of Postmodernity," "The Limits to Capital," "A Brief History of Neoliberalism," "Spaces of Global Capitalism," and "A Companion to Marx's Capital." His website is Wang Hui is a professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he currently lives. He studied at Yangzhou University, Nanjing University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has also been a visiting professor at NYU and other universities in the U.S. In 1989, he participated in the Tiananmen Square Protests and was subsequently sent to a poor inland province for compulsory "re-education" as punishment for his participation. He developed a leftist critique of government policy and came to be one of the leading proponents of the Chinese New Left in the 1990s, though Wang Hui did not choose this term. Wang was named as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world in 2008 by "Foreign Policy." Hedda Korsch (1890-1982) helped form the German Communist Parth (KPD) and was a teacher at the University of Jena in the early 1920s. She also worked in experimental schools and the Soviet Trade Mission in Berlin, until KPD leaders had her dismissed because of her relationship to the Marxist theorist Karl Korsch. Georg Lukacs (1885-1971) was a Hungarian Marxist philosopher and literary critic. Most scholars consider him to be the founder of the tradition of Western Marxism. He contributed the ideas of reification and class consciousness to Marxist philosophy and theory, and his literary criticism was influential in thinking about realism and about the novel as a literary genre. He served briefly as Hungary's Minister of Culture following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Ernest Mandel (1923-95), historian, economist and activist, was a leading figure in the Fourth International from 1945 and was the author of a number of books, including "Late Capitalism, ""Marxist Economic Theory," "Long Waves of Capitalist Development," and "The Meaning of the Second World War." Jiri Pelikan (1923-1999) was the head of the Czech Students' Union and later served in the Central Committee and parliamentary group of the Czech Communist Party. He was a prominent actor in the movement that culminated in the Prague Spring of 1967-68. In his later years in exile, Pelikan published the emigre magazine "Listy," and collaborated with Charter 77. His struggle for socialist reform in Czechoslovakia made him the target of a letter-bomb attack and a kidnap attempt. From 1979 to 1989, he sat for the Italian Socialist Party in the European Parliament. Jean-Paul Sartre was a prolific philosopher, novelist, public intellectual, biographer, playwright and founder of the journal "Les Temps Modernes." Born in Paris in 1905 and died in 1980, Sartre was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964--and turned it down. His books include "Nausea, Intimacy," "The Flies," "No Exit, Sartre's War Diaries, ""Critique of Dialectical Reason," and the monumental treatise "Being and Nothingness." Joao Pedro Stedile is an advocate for agrarian reform in Brazil, both as a writer and as a leader of the Landless Workers' Movement (MST), of which he was a co-founder. His numerous publications include the three-volume "A Questao Agraria no Brasil." Dorothy Thompson taught in the School of History in the University of Birmingham, where she wrote a series of highly regarded books about Chartism and other topics in nineteenth-century British history--among them, " Early Chartists," "Chartism in Wales and Ireland," "Outsiders: Class, Gender and Nation" and "Queen Victoria: Gender and Power." Her edited volume "Over Our Dead Bodies: Women Against the Bomb" testified to her engagement in post-war peace movements.

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  • publication date: 01/09/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781844676996
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781844676996
  • weight: 608
  • ISBN10: 1844676994

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