Political Epistemology


(pages of first edn.)

Most articles after 1984 are available as computer file. Details of translations of items below into other languages are noted in my c.v. (see https://darkosuvin.com/)

This is a tricky category. It means (or implies): “How do/can we understand ways of people living together?” In a wider sense, all writings about human pursuits, e.g. literature, would fit here, thus all of my work too. It is used here in a more restricted sense, limited to explicit discussions either only or to a good part dealing with of political epistemology. However, overlaps with other categories are numerous. When it was especially evident, I prefaced such items with [IN PART].


For Lack of Knowledge: On the Epistemology of Politics as Salvation. Pullman WA: Working Papers  Series in Cultural Studies, Ethnicity, and Race Relations [No. 27], 2001. 32pp.

Defined by a Hollow: Essays on Utopia, Science Fiction, and Political Epistemology. Oxford: P. Lang, 2010. xxxiii + 582pp. ISBN 978-3-03911-403-0.

Kje smo? Kam gremo? Za politično ekonomijo odrešitve [7 essays]. Transl. M. Lovrenov. Ljubljana: Zaloz+ba Sophia, 2010. 265pp. ISBN 978-961-6768-19-1. [Where Are We? What Are We Coming to?: For a Political Epistemology of Salvation. 5 of the  essays in Croatian as Gdje smo? Kuda idemo? 2006. ISBN 953-164-092-0].

[IN PART] Darko Suvin: A Life in Letters. Ed. Ph.E. Wegner. Vashon Island WA 98070: Paradoxa, 2011.  366p.  ISBN 1-929512-34-8.

In Leviathan’s Belly: Essays for a Counter-Revolutionary Time. Baltimore MD: Wildside P for Borgo P, 2012. 364p. ISBN 978-1-4344-4519-3; also as e-book.

 Splendour, Misery, and Potentialities: An X-ray of Socialist Yugoslavia.  Foreword Fredric Jameson. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2016. XXI+428 pp. ISBN 9789004306943 hardcover,  9789004325210 e-book.


Guest co-editor (with K. Karatani), Discours social/ Social Discourse 6.1‑2 (1994):1‑210 [large size], special issue “The Non‑Cartesian Subjects, East and West” (10 essays, including an Introduction and an essay by me).

[IN PART] Co-editor (with G. Maniscalco Basile) of Nuovissime mappe dell’inferno: Distopia oggi. Roma: Monolite Ed., 2004. 167p. ISBN 88‑7331-014-1 (10 contributions, including a preface, postface, and  an essay by me).

(select list after 1980 of items not reprinted in my book)

“On Two Notions of `Science’ in Marxism,” in T. Henighan ed., Brave New Universe. Ottawa: Tecumseh P, 1980, 27‑43.

“A Modest Proposal for the Semi‑Demi Deconstruction of (Shakespeare as) Cultural Construction,” in L. Innocenti et al. eds., Semeia: Itinerari per Marcello Pagnini. Bologna: Il Mulino, 1994, 67‑76.

“La letteratura comparata come prova di magia bianca,” in A. Gnisci and F. Sinopoli eds., Comparare  i comparatismi. Roma: Lithos, 1995, 89‑98.

(with  Marc Angenot) “L’aggirarsi degli  spettri. Metafore  e  demifisticazioni,  ovvero l’implicito del  manifesto (Elogio,  limiti  e uso di Marx),” in M. Galletti ed., Le soglie del fantastico. Roma: Lithos, 1997, 129‑66.

[IN PART] “On the Epistemology and Pragmatics of Intercultural Theatre Studies,” in G. Berghaus ed., New Approaches to Theatre Studies and Performance Analysis. Reihe Theatron 33. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2001, 31-44 (Croatian 2000).

“De la guerre 2001: triomphe du capitalisme sauvage,” in M. Angenot and R. Robin eds., La Chute du Mur de Berlin dans les idéologies. Montréal: Discours social n.s. no. 6, 2002, 161-74; cf. Pierre Mesnard y Mendez.  “Capitalism Means/ Needs War.” Socialism & Democracy 16.2 (2002): 65-92, http://sdonline.org/32/capitalism-meansneeds-war/

“Haltung,” entry in Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus, Vol. 5. Hamburg: Argument, 2002, col. 1134-42.

“Bertolt Brecht: The Manifesto” [transl.] and “On Brecht’s The Manifesto: Comments for Readers in English.” Socialism and Democracy 16.1 (2002): 1-31, http://sdonline.org/31/the-manifesto/ and sdonline.org/31/on-brechts-the-manifesto-comments-for-readers-in-english1/ (2nd item in  different German version as “Brechts Gedichtfassung des Kommunistischen Manifests.” Das Argument no. 282 (2009): 607-15).

 [IN PART] “Reflections on What Remains of Zamyatin’s We after the Change of Leviathans: Must Collectivism Be Against People?” in Envisioning the Future: Science Fiction and the Next Millennium. Ed. M. Barr. Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 2003, 51-81;  augmented rpt. Contemporanea no. 1 (2003): 71-89 (German 2004; Croatian 2004; Serbian 2007).

[IN PART] “Trenta Tesi sulla Distopia” and “Narciso e Anteo: il collettivismo deve per forza essere contro la gente?” in G. Maniscalco Basile and D. Suvin eds., Nuovissime mappe dell’inferno: Distopia oggi. Roma: Monolite Ed., 2004, 13-34 and 149-64.

“Conflitto, conflitto über alles?: Conflitto opposto a rivelazione come poetiche di narrazione scenica e paradigmi,” in G. Manetti et al. ed. Guerre di segni: Semiotica delle situazioni conflittuali (Atti del Convegno A.I.S.S. 2002). Torino: Centro Scientifico, 2005, 373-91.

“Exile as Mass Outrage and Intellectual Stance,” in M.T. Chialant ed., Viaggio e letteratura. Venezia: Marsilio, 2006, 69-95 (expanded version; briefer version “Displaced Persons.” New Left R. no. 31 [Jan.-Feb. 2005]: 107-23, http://www.newleftreview.org/?view=2546; Spanish transl. at http://www.newleftreview.org; Croatian 2004; Macedonian 2005; abbreviated in Italian 2008).

“Some Thoughts on Metamorphoses: An Interview [by Carla Dente],” in C. Dente et al. ed.  Proteus: The Language of Metamorphosis. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005, 13-22.

“Some Differentiations Within the Concept of >Myth<,” in R. Littlejohns and S. Soncini eds., Myths of Europe. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2007, 147-54.

“Comparative Literature and the Power/Violence of Terms: From Historical Semantics to Political  Epistemology,” in P. Mildonian ed., It Started in Venice: Proc. of the International Comparative Literature Conference 2005. CD, Venezia: Libr. Ed. Cafoscarina, 2009: 67-78 (Croatian 2011).

„Reflections on and at a Tangent from >Bertolt Brecht und der Kommunismus<.“ Brecht Yearbook 34 (2009): 267-73 (different German version 2011)

„Emotion, Brecht, Empathy vs.  Sympathy“, The Brecht Yearbook 33 (2008): 53–67 (rpt. in Frakcija 2011 with Croatian transl.).  

“Introductory Pointers toward an Economics  of  Physical and Political Negentropy.” Proceedings of the Herakleion 2010 IIPPE Conference, www.iippe.org/wiki/images/e/ee/CONF_ENV_Suvin. pdf

 “Introduction P.S.  for the Slovene Reader [of Where Are We?].” Slovenian in Kje smo? Kam gremo?. Transl. M. Lovrenov. Ljubljana: Sophia, 2010, xx-xxiv.

 “On the Novum: Where is the Progress Progressing To?” Catalogue Second World, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz 2011. Zagreb: WHW, 2011, 8-11; www. steirischerherbst.at/2011/deutsch/presse/presse_download/SecondWorldsspreads_web.pdf.


(select list mainly after 1980, in major languages only — and after 2002 also in Croatoserbian)

Many items below can be downloaded from  https://independent.academia.edu/DarkoSuvin/Papers or https://darkosuvin.com/; those after ca. 1983 not found can be obtained from the author by email upon asking.

“Two Holy Commodities: The Practices of Fictional Discourse and Erotic Discourse.” Sociocriticism no. 2 (1985): 31‑47 (partly published in French).

“The Subject as a Limit‑Zone of Collective Bodies (Bakhtin, Hobbes, Freud, Foucault, and Counting).” Discours social/ Social Discourse 2.1‑2 (1989): 187‑99.

“Literature and the Body. Ed. Elaine Scarry.” (review).  Literary Research/ Recherche littéraire no. 11 (1988/89): 6-8.

[IN PART] “The Soul and the Sense: Meditations on Roland Barthes on Japan.” Canadian R. of Comparative Lit. 18.4 (1991): 499‑531 (Japanese 1991; rpt. in  Roland Barthes, Vol.1. Eds. M. Gane & N. Gane. L: Thousand Oaks, & Sage Publ., 2006).

“Some Theses on Fiction as Epistemology.” Discours social/ Social Discourse 5.1‑2 (1993): 121‑26.

“Polity  or  Disaster: From Individualist Self toward Personal Valences and  Collective  Sub­jects.” Discours social/ Social Discourse 6.1‑2 (1994): 181‑210 [large size].

“Introduction to the ‘Non‑Cartesian Subjects’ Issue.” Discours social/ Social Discourse 6.1‑2 (1994): 7‑21 [large size].

“Revelation  vs.  Conflict: A Lesson from Nô Plays for a Comparative Dramaturgy.” Theatre J. 46.4 (1994): 523‑38.

[IN PART] “On Cognitive Emotions and Topological Imagination.” Versus no. 68‑69 (1994): 165‑201; available on http://www.focusing.org/apm_papers/suvin.html.

“Two Cheers for Essentialism & Totality: On Marx’s  Oscillation  and its Limits (As Well As on the Taboos of Post‑Modernism).” Rethinking Marxism 10.1 (1998): 66‑82  (Croatian 1999).

“Wo sind wir? Zur Politik und Ökonomie der Sintflut.” Zeitschrift für kritische Theorie no. 7 (1998): 61‑69.

“System.”  Entry for “Lexicon: 20th Century A.D.,” in Public [Toronto] no. 20: 81-84 (Spring 2000).

“The Rule and the Exceptions: Romance Studies in Germany and Werner Krauss.” IABLIS Jahrbuch. Heidelberg: Manutius, 2003, 224-40 and at http://www.fernuni-hagen.de/eurolit/iablis/2003/suvink.htm; reduced version as “Auerbach’s Assistant.” New Left R. n.s. no. 15 (May-June 2002): 157-64, at http://www.newleftreview.net/Archive.asp (transl. in NLR Spanish edn.; Italian 2002).

[Mesnard y Mendez, Pierre].  “Access to an Identification of >Terrorism<: Words and Actions.”  Rethinking Marxism 14.2 (2002): 109-22.

“Europa? Repubblica delle lettere? Tre tesi.” Bollettino ‘900Electronic Newsletter of ‘900 Italian Literature  giugno 2003, n. 1, ” www2.unibo.it/boll900/numeri/2003‑i/Suvin.html

“Leggere è un verbo transitivo,” in “Che cosa significa leggere,” ed. S. De Luca e A. Piperno, Sincronie 7.13 (genn.-giugno 2003): 51-58 (abbrev. reprint in Writers Magazine Italia 2005).

Besinnung and What May the Century Amount To: On or About or Because of Marc Angenot as Goad and Stimulus.” Yale J. of Criticism 17.2 (2004): 287-311.

[Mesnard y Mendez, Pierre]. “Exploring >Terror/Ism<: Numinosity, Killings, Horizons.” Socialism  & Democracy 19.1 (2005): 94-118. http://sdonline.org/37/exploring-terrorism-numinosity-killings-horizons/
“To Laputa and Back: A Missing Chapter of Gulliver’s Travels.” Critical Quarterly  [Oxford UK] 47.1-2 (2005): 142-64, available at http://www.blackwell‑synergy.com/.

“Terms of Power, Today: An Essay in Political Epistemology.” Critical Quarterly  [Oxford UK] 48.3 (2006): 38-62, available at http://www.blackwell‑synergy.com/ (German 2005; Croatian 2007).

“Sulle ‘nuove guerre’ identitario‑territoriali.” Giano [Roma] no. 55 (2007): 45-53.

 “Immigration in Europe Today: Apartheid or Civil Cohabitation?” Critical Quarterly  50.1-2

“Logotekhnia, politike, outopia” [Literature, Politics, Utopia], interview with Maria Xilouris. Aristera!  [Athens] March 20,  2009, Supplement 1-4.

“Pristup krizi. [An Approach to the Crisis]. ” Croatian transl. Zarez [Zagreb] no. 258, 28.V 2009, pp. 10-11.

“On the Horizons of Epistemology and  Science.” Critical Quarterly 52.1 (2010): 68-101; //onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-8705.2010.01924.x/full

“Marksizam: nauka ili komunizam?” “Aktiv br. 2”, prilog Novosti [Zagreb] of 26.XI 2010, p. 3, www.novossti.com/2010/11/marksizam-nauka-ili-komunizam/ (Slovene 2011)

Interview with Katja Praznik on cultural epistemology, available in English as www.bifc-hub.eu/interview/201cthe-crucial-question-seems-to-me-how-is-democracy-institutionalized…201d-2013-a-conversation-with-darko-suvin; Extrapolation 53.2 (2012): 233-40; and in Slovene  2013).

“Pad u glad [Towards Hunger].” Croatian transl.Zarez [Zagreb] no. 313-14, 7.VII 2011, pp. 16-17.

“Phases and Characteristics of Marxism/s.” The Montreal R. (Feb. 2013),   www.themontrealreview.com/2009/Phases-of-Marxism.php; original and French transl. by B. Bachelier, http://www.reseau-terra.eu/article1230.html (Croatian 2012).

“Death into Life: For a Poetics of Anti-Capitalist Alternative.”  Socialism & Democracy  26.2 (July 2012): 91-105, http://sdonline.org/59/death-into-life-for-a-poetics-of-anti-capitalist-alternative/ (Croatian 2010).

“Bureaucracy: A Term and Concept in the Socialist Discourse about State Power (Up to 1941).” Croatian Political Science  R 47.5 (2012): 193-214; Spanish transl. by D. Navarro at www.criterios.es/denken/articulos/denken33.pdf

 [IN PART] „15 Theses about Communism and Yugoslavia, or The Two-Headed Janus of Emancipation through the State (Metamorphoses and Anamorphoses of >On the Jewish Question< by Marx).“ (Critical Q 57. 2 (2015): 90-110; Macedonian 2011; Croatian 2012; Slovene 2012).

“Power without Violence: A Lesson from Tribal Communism.” www.themontrealreview.com/ 2009/Power-Without-Violence-A-Lesson-from-Tribal-Communism.php (Serbian version 2013).

„From the Archeology of Marxism and Communism: Pt. 1 “Phases  and Characteristics of Marxism/s,” Pt. 2 “On  the Concept and Role of the Communist Party: Prehistory and the Epoch of October Revolution.” Debatte 21.2-3 (2013): 279-311.

[Interview with Sezgin Boynik.] “Communicating Vessels: Forms, Politics, History.” Rab-Rab [Helsinki] no. 2 Vol. B (2015): 5-37.

“Epistemological Meditations On Science, Poetry, and Politics.” Rab-Rab [Helsinki] no. 2 Vol. B (2015): 39-53.  

“The Prescience of Lucio Magri.” Socialism and Democracy 29.2 (2015): 91-98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08854300.2015.1039258 (German transl in Das Argument 2015)

 “Communism Can Only Be Radical Plebeian Democracy. Remarks on the Experience of S. F. R.Yugoslavia and on Civil Society.” International Critical Thought 6.2 (2016): 165-89, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21598282.2016.1172695.

A Note on Ursula K. Le Guin and Her Declaration of the Arts’ Independence from Capitalism” [intro to her speech at Nat. Book Awards 2014]. Kamen’ no.  28 (2016): 99-102 (Italian transl. ibidem 103-07; Croatian transl. 2015).

”What Is To Be Done? A First Step.” Socialism and Democracy 30.1 (2016): 105-27; also at gerusija.com/darko-suvin-what-is-to-be-done-a-first-step-3 (Serbian transl. 2016).

[Interview with Saša Hrnjez.] “Tko se ne bori zajedno, izgubi pojedinačno….” [Whoever doesn’t fight collectively, loses singly]. http://www.portalnovosti.com/darko-suvin-tko-se-ne-bori-zajedno-izgubi-pojedinacno-i-ii and  [ditto]-ii-ii, whole also at http://gerusija.com/tko-se-ne-bori-zajedno-izgubi-pojedinacno-spoznati-nas-polozaj-pod-zvijezdama-bankama-i-dronovima/

(with Marc Angenot). ”Uses of Marx: The Implicit of the Manifested (Or,  Demystification and Critique).”  Rab-Rab [Helsinki] no. 3: 2016): 35-72.