Forthcoming From NGC

Issue #147 (Nov 2022)

Special Issue: Peter Weiss and The Aesthetics of Resistance

Special Issue Editors: Kai Evers, Julia Hell, and Seth Howes

Migrants adrift on a surveilled, fortified Mediterranean; the anti-democratic, antisemitic, and racist furor of ascendant authoritarian movements; debates on strategy between an internally divided opposition—the contemporary news often echoes Peter Weiss’s The Aesthetics of Resistance (1975–1982). This special issue returns to Weiss’s novel to retrieve its utility for grasping the present moment. The essays explore the novel’s orientation toward future readers by reading it as an imageless image-text whose collective voices, aesthetic encounters and intense moments of immersion and distance defy ideological and aesthetic simplifications and the refusal of dialogue.

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