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Summer 2018: 50 years of 1968: readings from the New Left

Primary book source *

• Carl Oglesby, ed. The New Left Reader (1968)


Recommended preliminary readings

+ The Platypus Historians Group, "Requiem for the '60s: Response to a boycott of discussion of '40 years of 1968'" (2008)
+ Chris Cutrone, "Let the dead bury the dead!" Response to Principia Dialectica (UK) on May 1968 (2008)
+ Atiya Khan, The Decline of the Left in the 20th Century: 1968 (2009)


Week 1 | June 12

• Stuart Hall, "Introducing New Left Review"
• C. Wright Mills, "Letter to the New Left" and "The politics of responsibility" *
• Leszek Kolakowski, "The concept of the Left" *
• Herbert Marcuse, "Conclusion to One-Dimensional Man" *


Week 2 | June 19

• Carl Oglesby, "The idea of the New Left" *
• Louis Althusser, "Contradiction and over-determination" *
+ Althusser, "Marxism and humanism"


Week 3 | June 26

• Cliff Slaughter, "What is revolutionary leadership?"
 Revolutionary Tendency of the Socialist Workers Party/U.S., "In defense of a revolutionary perspective"
 Spartacist League, "Genesis of Pabloism"


Week 4 | July 3

• Malcolm X, "I don't mean bananas" *
• Huey Newton, "A prison interview" *
 Spartacist League, "Soul power or workers' power? The rise and fall of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers"
+ Harold Cruse, from The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual Part 1 Part 2


Week 5 | July 10

• Andre Gorz, from Strategy for Labor *
 Stuart Hall, Raymond Williams, E.P. Thompson, from The May Day Manifesto *


Week 6 | July 17

• Daniel and Gabriel Cohn-Bendit, "The battle of the streets," from Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative *
• Rudi Dutschke, "On anti-authoritarianism" *
• Mark Rudd, "Columbia: Notes on the Spring rebellion" *
 Sorbonne students' open assembly of June 13-14, 1968, "The appeal from the Sorbonne" *
 Tom Fawthorpe, Tom Nairn, David Triesman, "Three student risings" *


Week 7 | July 24

 Marcuse, "The question of revolution" (1967)
+ Theodor Adorno, “Late Capitalism or Industrial Society?” (AKA “Is Marx Obsolete?”) (1968)
+ Esther Leslie, Introduction to the 1969 Adorno-Marcuse correspondence (1999)
+ Adorno and Herbert Marcuse, correspondence on the German New Left (1969)
 Adorno, “Marginalia to Theory and Praxis” (1969)
 Adorno, “Resignation” (1969)
+ Adorno, Interview with Der Spiegel magazine (1969)

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