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Revolutionary Romanticism: Henri Lefebvre's revolution-as-festival

Grindon, G (2013) 'Revolutionary Romanticism: Henri Lefebvre's revolution-as-festival.' Third Text, 27 (2). 208 - 220. ISSN 0952-8822

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This article examines Henri Lefebvre's concept of revolution-as-festival, its textual sources and its relationship to contemporary notions developed by Georges Bataille and the Situationist International. It is a companion-piece to the examination of Bataille's revolution-as-festival in Third Text 104, vol 24, no 3, May 2010. The author argues that Lefebvre's revolution-as-festival embodies the multiple methodological ambiguities of his ?open? dialectical approach, and his attempt to transplant Surrealist and Dadaist concerns into a Marxian framework. It is, paradoxically, these ambiguities that allow his revolution-as-festival to become a useful concept: firstly as a discursive making-visible and valorization of the art and culture of social movements; and secondly as a term through which to critically re-imagine this art and culture's limits and possibilities. This potential is borne out, not least, in the influence of Lefebvre's essay ?Revolutionary Romanticism? on the founding debates of the Situationist International.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gavin Grindon, Henri Lefebvre, ?Revolutionary Romanticism?, festival, carnival, Georges Bataille, Guy Debord, Marxism, Surrealism, Situationist International, affect, activist art
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 16:05
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:42

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