Althusser and Pasolini
Philosophy, Marxism, and Film: 2016
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|Format: ||Hardcover, 202 pages, 2016 Edition|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 01 June 2016|
Agon Hamza offers an in-depth analysis of the main thesis of Louis Althusser's philosophical enterprise alongside a clear, engaging dissection of Pier Paolo Pasolini's most important films. There is a philosophical, religious, and political relationship between Althusser's philosophy and Pier Paolo Pasolini's films. Hamza teases out the points of contact, placing specific focus on critiques of ideology, religion, ideological state apparatuses, and the class struggle. The discussion, however, does not address Althusser and Pasolini alone. Hamza also draws on Spinoza, Hegel, Marx, and Zizek to complete his study. Pasolini's films are a treasure-trove of Althusserian thought, and Hamza ably employs Althusserian terms in his reading of the films. Althusser and Pasolini provides a creative reconstruction of Althusserian philosophy, as well as a novel examination of Pasolini's film from the perspective of the filmmaker's own thought and Althusser's theses.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Althusser and PasoliniPART I: On Althusser1. Contextualisation2. Periodization3. Taking sides: Hegel or Spinoza?4. Structural Causality5. Althusser before Althusser: from Christianity to Communism6. Marxists' preshistory7. Proletariat of Human Condition versus the Proletariat of Labor8. Christian Materialism9. Antiphilosophy10. Definition of Ideology11. Epistemological Break12. Interpellation 13. State Apparatuses14. Church as an Ideological State Apparatus15. Althusser's PoliticsPART II: The Gospel According to Althusser16. Setting the Stage17. Camera as an Ideological Apparatus 18. Film as a Commodity 19. Representation20. The Christian Reality21. Religious Suspension of the Theological 22. Religious-Political23. Class Struggle24. Class Struggle Versus Humanity 25. The Politics of Religion26. Pasolini's Political ThoughConclusion: Marxism and Film
"Agon Hamza's book can only be described as an explosive mixture of politics and sexuality, of philosophy and art, of Marxism and Christianity. It reshuffles the cards so that nothing remains the same. The common thread of Christianity renders visible a new Althusser and a new Pasolini. I am grateful to live in a time when such books are written. They prove that thinking is not yet dead." (Slavoj Zizek, International Director, Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities) "As with Marxism generally, so too with Louis Althusser specifically: During roughly the past half-century, both ended up falling into undeserved disrepute and obscurity. However, amidst today's desperately needed reactivations of what Alain Badiou calls 'the idea of communism,' Althusser's concepts and problems must be revisited and put back to work. This is exactly what Agon Hamza delivers. Hamza's stellar intervention produces both a surprising historical reappraisal of Althusser as a Christian-Hegelian emancipatory thinker as well as a neo-Althusserianism addressing the most pressing socio-political challenges of the contemporary age." (Adrian Johnston, Professor of Philosophy, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, USA)
About the Author
Agon Hamza is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the international philosophical journal Crisis and Critique. His latest publications are: Slavoj Zizek and Dialectical Materialism (co-edited with Frank Ruda), Repeating Zizek, and From Myth to Symptom: The Case of Kosovo, co-authored with Slavoj Zizek.
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