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The Poetry of the PossibleSpontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude$
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Joel Nickels

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816676088

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816676088.001.0001

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Conclusion Beginning Again

Conclusion Beginning Again

(p.219) Conclusion Beginning Again
The Poetry of the Possible

Joel Nickels

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter examines modernism and the idea of spontaneity. Modernism could be viewed as an archive of political tropes and figural resources that are continually resurrected wherever questions of collective life and political representation are broached. It shows how modernist texts are already a part of our most urgent political debates. The problems of spontaneous political activity and the roles of the revolutionary group, the party, and the state have clearly not disappeared—on the contrary, they have played a major role in recent conflicts in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, France, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Iraq, South Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Indonesia. Allowing ourselves to learn from modernism is just the way to begin again.

Keywords:   modernism, spontaneity, collective life, revolutionary group, conflicts

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