UCSB Critical Memory Studies Group

Join our discussion of left melancholia, Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (6:30pm. Phelps 6206C).

All are invited to the third meeting of our Critical Memory Studies Group. After our fall discussion of Svetlana Boym's rich dissection of nostalgia as postcommunist aesthetic and her cross-genre readings illuminating the globalized spread of longing, we now turn to the sadness and loss associated with contemporary melancholia by examining left-wing inflections of the affect and ailment: Benjamin's critique of left melancholia in the 1930s, Wendy Brown's take on Benjamin's vision in 1999 and critique of neo-liberal societies, and the recent progressive move by Marxist historian Enzo Traverso and defense of a memory of the future in Left-Wing Melancholia (2016).
Our discussion will take place on February 12, starting at 6:30pm in Phelps 6206C. Our next session, in March, will deal with eco-melancholia.

Benjamin, Walter. “Left-Wing Melancholia (on Erick Kästner’s New Books of Poems).” (1930)
Brown, Wendy. “Resisting Left Melancholy.” boundary 2, vol. 26, no. 3, 1999, pp. 19-27.
Traverso, Enzo. Left-Wing Melancholia. Marxism, History, and Memory. Columbia UP, 2016.

Catherine Nesci and Alexandra Noi

date of event: 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 18:30