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Revolution as the absence of oeuvre: Naxalbari Narratives and the Dynamic of Bhadrolok Reason

January 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Studying the narratives (fictional, poetic and autobiographical remembrances) of Naxalbari Movement in India in the 1960s-70s, in my talk I shall attempt to see if revolution can be thought of as the other of the dominant form of democratic reason, that nonetheless remains present as an excluded possibility within that reason. Going back to the Foucault-Derrida debate on exclusion of madness from discursive reason, I would try to see how all narratives contain the potential for madness that may overflow it. The instance of this could be witnessed in narratives of revolution that can rupture the existing discursive space of knowledge/power. The positivist technology of thinking would act along the line of Descartes to keep death, madness and unreason outside of narrative thinking. Our strategy of reading revolution could then possibly be to engage with such outside of thought which remains as a possibility of overflow within all narrations.Discipline/Coordinating Entity: Humanities and Social Sciences


January 25
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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