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Love, Literature, and Destruction: an Introduction to Marguerite Duras
Novelist, playwright, and experimental filmmaker, Marguerite Duras resists easy categorization. Despite endless attempts by critics and scholars to claim her for emerging genres and movements, it may be easier to say what she was not: she was not part of the(new novel) movement in France, she was not a forerunner of autofiction, she did not write autobiography, and essays, she thought, were “debased.” She didn’t care about Hélène Cixous’s description of her as a practitioner of (feminine writing) any more than she cared for Jacques Lacan’s claim that she was a “rapturer.”
She was and was not a member of the French Communist Party, a post-colonial thinker, a feminist—if we’re to believe Duras’s own account, anyway. Notwithstanding a body of work that spans all manner of writing and film, which draws ambiguously on her early life in the French colony of Cochinchina (now Vietnam), as well as her later love affairs, political activities, and alcoholism, what mattered to Duras was seeking a truth she saw as peculiar to literature. But what sort of truth does Duras’s work reveal: about love, desire, addiction, depression—and the destructiveness that shadows our social and interior lives?
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The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research was established in 2011 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Its mission is to extend liberal arts education and research far beyond the borders of the traditional university, supporting community education needs and opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the...
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In Time Regained—the final, unfinished volume of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time—World War I is inescapable. Proust’s magnum opus, begun in 1913, already bore the scars of modernity, but the War sounded the death knell of the rarified life he had known in his childhood. Yet, Time Regained is not merely about nostalgia or loss, even...
Monday Sep 12th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
With the conspicuous failure of austerity measures in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and with the discourse surrounding the U.S. national debt shifting from alarmism to benign acceptance, Modern Monetary Theory, a relatively new (or perhaps not so new) conceptualization of money and government finance, has gained traction and attention in both...
Thursday Sep 15th, 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time(4 sessions)
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