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WHO MURDERED ROLAND BARTHES ?

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For his second book THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE—a highly comedic murder mystery about French Theory in the 1980s in which the death of Roland Barthes was not an unfortunate accident but a deliberate hit carried out in pursuit of that seventh function—Laurent Binet turns everything he loves and loathes about European intellectual life into irreverent satire.

Starring Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, Umberto Eco, Judith Butler (as a university student), Louis Althusser (and his uxoricide), François Mitterrand (Barthes’ lunch date just before his death), Valéry GiscardMichelangelo Antonioni and Monica Vitti at a fateful Logos Club meeting in Bologna, and Jacques Derrida, Roman Jakobson, Sylvère Lotringer, Camille PagliaFélix Guattari (but not Gilles Deleuze) at a linguistic symposium-turned-orgy at Cornell, the novel’s episodes are punctuated with a series of hilarious examples of the extreme logorrhea and irrepressible vanity of Philippe Sollers.

 

LAURENT BINET

THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE

Translated by Sam Taylor

(New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017).

us.macmillan.com/book

See: partisanmagazine.com/interview-with-laurent-binet

Roland Barthes. Image credit above: Éditions Grasset et Fasquelle.

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LES ANNÉES 68

TheFrench Institute-Alliance Française will remember May 1968 with a monthlong film series curated by Delphine Selles-Alvarez. Opening night will include a screening of the American premiere of Don Kent’s two-part documentary LES ANNÉES 68, a global look at the rise of civil and political activism fifty years ago.

Featuring Régis DebrayJudith ButlerMarco BellocchioToni NegriKathleen CleaverGreil Marcus, and Ralph NaderLES ANNÉES 68 will be followed by a panel discussion with NYU professors Mary NolanPaula Chakravartty, and Pedro Monaville, and Holy Family University professor Madigan Fichter.

 

LES ANNÉES 68

Tuesday, May 8.

Part 1 – LA VAGUE, at 4pm.

Part 2 – L’EXPLOSION, at 7:30pm.

Florence Gould Hall, FIAF

55 East 59th Street, New York City.

See: multitudes.net/toni-negri

Above: Champs-Élysées, Paris, May 1968.

Below: Protests by Sorbonne students on the rue de Rennes, Paris, May 7, 1968. Photograph by Marc Garanger.

JUDITH BUTLER IN LOS ANGELES

“It is not easy defending a notion of ethics, including such key notions as freedom and responsibility, in the face of their discursive appropriation. For if, according to those who value the decimation of social services, we are each responsible only for ourselves, and certainly not for others, and if responsibility is first and foremost a responsibility to become economically self-sufficient under conditions that undermine all prospects of self-sufficiency, then we are confronted by a contradiction that can easily drive one mad: we are morally pushed to become precisely the kind of subjects who are structurally foreclosed from realizing that norm.” — Judith Butler*

Judith Butler is giving two public lectures this week in Los Angeles.

 

JUDITH BUTLER—CRITIQUE, CRISIS, AND THE PROBLEM OF VIOLENCE, Wednesday, January 24, at 7:30 pm.

SILVER SCREEN THEATER, Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood.

criticalstudies.calarts.edu/aesthetics-and-politics

JUDITH BUTLER—THE MATERIALITY OF MOURNING IN THE WORK OF DORIS SALCEDO, Friday, January 26, at 8:30 pm.

REDCAT, Disney Hall, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.

redcat.org/event/judith-butler-2018

guggenheim.org/doris-salcedo

news.berkeley.edu/2016/11/17/judith-butler-on-talking-politics

*Judith Butler, Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015), 14.

Judith Butler. Image credit: UC Berkeley.

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