I am delighted to announce that our very own Matt Charles will be speaking at next week’s seminar on Bertolt Brecht. Full details can be found below:
Wednesday 20th March, 4pm – 5.15pm
Wells Street, room 106
Matthew Charles (University of Westminster)
‘Brecht as Educator: Didacticism as Method’
Abstract: In Brecht and Method, Fredric Jameson makes a case for the contemporary usefulness of a specifically Brechtian modernism, one that unfolds from the sphere of art into that of education. This paper expands on this claim from the perspective of a recent pedagogical turn in theory, proposing that one way to understand this usefulness is – in the spirit of Nietzsche’s essay on ‘Schopenhauer as Educator’ – through an analysis of the influence of the “Brecht circle” in the development of the philosophy of Walter Benjamin. It will argue that Brecht reconnects Benjamin’s work back to an earlier politics of Youth, one immersed in the pedagogical writings of Nietzsche, but this immersion demands a political confrontation with and inversion of Nietzsche’s critique of mass education.
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.