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TWO HOLY COMMODITIES: THE PRACTICES OF FICTIONAL DISCOURSE AND EROTIC DISCOURSE (1985, 6,600.words)

Fictional  discourse  and erotic  discourse are approached, following Marx’s Grundrisse, as literary genres that are in capitalism also (often primarily) commodities. Sections: 1. Cognitive Discourse as Commodity: The Novum as Fashion; 2. Press and Sex: A Homology; 3. Cognition and … Continue reading

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TWO CHEERS FOR ESSENTIALISM AND TOTALITY: ON MARX’S OSCILLATION AND ITS LIMITS (AS WELL AS ON THE TABOOS OF POST-MODERNISM (1997, 8,570 words)

A revisitation of Marx, accepting demystification and critique but repudiating “progress” in favour of multi-causality and open ends, and arguing for a carefully delimited (historical) use of essence and of an epistemological or hermeneutic but not an ontological totality.

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TWO APPROACHES TO UNDERSTANDING SFR YUGOSLAVIA (2015, 5800 words)

http://www.olioofficina.it/corso-italia-7/splendours-miseries-and-potentialities-of-socialist-yugoslavia-the-berlin-theses-1.htm, 2015 A resumé of my book Splendour, Misery, and Possibilities as 2015 lecture in form of theses. Part B is a Chronology of SFRY 1941-89.

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TOWARD AN ECONOMICS OF PHYSICAL AND POLITICAL NEGENTROPY (2009, 5600 words)

Proceedings of the Herakleion 2010 IIPPE Conference, 2010 This work was written for a conference of Leftwing economists IIPPE in Crete 2010 and first published on their site. It is about the relation of official income as measured by the … Continue reading

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TO LAPUTA AND BACK (2003-04, 9,840 words)

The article is divided into three parts. Part 1, Entering Laputa in the Winter of Our Discontent, deals with general presuppositions, including those on intellectuals in Post-Fordism and as members of de facto English Departments. Part 2, Visiting the Word-Machine, … Continue reading

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TO EXPLAIN FASCISM TODAY (2016, 24,100 words)

Fascism is discussed as a pathology of masses under capitalism, and its components are defined.  It was a class block between rulers and segments of the middle classes while neutralising the working classes and any deviant political forces by terror … Continue reading

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THE ARRESTED MOMENT IN BENJAMIN’S “THESES ON HISTORY”: EPISTEMOLOGY VS. POLITICS, IMAGE VS. STORY (1999-2007, 10,470 words)

THE INTELLECTUAL’S SEEING AND DOING; 1. INTELLECTUALS AND POLITICS, IMAGES AND STRUCTURE (genre, images as method, figural tableaux); 2. ANALYZING “CH” (division, grouping); 3. TIME AND HISTORY, IMAGE AND STORY (refusing the future and stories, arrested moment)

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ROMANCE STUDIES IN GERMANY AND WERNER KRAUSS (2002, 7,300 words)

The relations of Romance Studies and Nazism are discussed on the basis of new publications. The second part discusses the career of Werner Krauss, an unjustly neglected scholar.

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SOME DIFFERENTIATIONS WITHIN THE CONCEPTS OF “MYTH” (2007, 2,950 words)

R. Littlejohns and S. Soncini eds., Myths of Europe. Rodopi. , 2007 This brief overview is divided into sections: 1.1 Approaching “myth” and its divergent, indeed incompatible meanings; discussing first (in 1.2) Cassirer: all creative thought is myth; then (in … Continue reading

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(With Boris Buden) ONLY INTELLIGENT PLANNING WILL SAVE US (2017, 2850 words)

This interview was originally published in e-flux journal no. 86 (Nov. 2017) and has not been published in hard copy., 2017 A wide-ranging discussion between two ex-Yugoslavs, both from Croatia, both students (in different generations) at Zagreb University, and both … Continue reading

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