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Anarchy and Culture (Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture)

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Anarchism is generally understood as a failed ideology, a political philosophy that once may have had many followers but today attracts only cranks and eccentrics. This book argues that the decline of political anarchism is only half the story; the other half is a tale of widespread cultural success. David Weir develops this thesis in several ways. He begins by considering ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published 1997 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Quite academic in orientation, with that academic tendency to force an argument into all kinds of places that it may not necessarily want to go through the sheer force of complex jargon. However, all in all, offers a fresh and compelling look at the social and cultural history of anarchistic thought which, although at times a little far-fetched, was always interesting. Favourite moments included the treatment of little known Spanish anarchist Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia as well as the treatment on ...more
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David Weir received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. He is the author of Decadence and the Making of Modernism (University of Massachusetts Press, 1995), James Joyce and the Art of Mediation (University of Michigan Press, 1996), Anarchy and Culture: The Aesthetic Politics of Modernism (University of Massachusetts Press, 1997), Brahma in the West: William Blake and the ...more
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