First published in , Althusser, The Detour of Theory was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto. First published in , “Althusser, The Detour of Theory” was widely received as the fullest account of its subject to date. Drawing on a wide range of hitherto. Althusser: The Detour of Theory (review). Tom Lewis. Minnesota Review, Number 34/35, Spring/Fall (New Series), pp. (Review). Published by.
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Reviews book, as he reveals the increasing interdependence between the technologies of warfare and cinema. He ends with a brief mention of the successful destruction in the summer of of tne Sidewinder missile by an American KC plane equipped with a laser system. Then the book’s final words: Over and over in Wartime Fussell stresses how frequently things went wrong during the Second World War, to the extent that it became virtually one long confirmation of Murphy’s Law, that if something can go wrong, it will.
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Virilio briefly discussed the increasing sophistication during World War II of ground-based electronic devices which aided Allied bombers in dropping their payloads by day or night and in all kinds of weather, “all with a margin of error of a mere hundred metres.
Thus I imagine Fussell’s ending to War and Cinema to be: The Detour of Theory, by Gregory Elliott. London and New York: The understanding of Althusserianism that arises in the course of Elliott’s argument is one that simultaneously and ambivalently finds little to uphold in Althusser’s work as lasting contributions to marxism, a good deal to admire in subsequent work by researchers influenced by Althusser across a broad range of disciplines, and a few—if largely negative—lessons to apply to revolutionary socialism today.
Even as Elliott sets out to accomplish “the resurrection of Althusser’s intellectual and poUtical career as history” 7therefore, he also resolves to view Althusserian marxism as an “unfinished history” This difference between “resurrecting” and “exhuming” Althusserian theory can be appreciated in that the question to which ElUott’s book symptomatically provides one answer goes something like this: A consistent feature of EUiott’s contextuaUzation of Althusser’s work concerns the imperative to understand “that Althusser intervened on some of the questions raised by in the light, and under the influence of, the debates and divisions of ” For Elliott, this historical positioning explains why Althusser could be regarded in the mids as an anti-Stalinist by some and a Stalinist by others.
Althusser characterized his own marxist project in the ’60s as a contribution to a leftward process of de-Stalinization exactly opposed to Kruschev’s rightward process of deStalinization. Simultaneously, the Chinese Communist Party began attacking Kruschev by defending StaUn’s “greatness” as a “Marxist-Leninist” and claiming that Stalin’s “mistakes” could be “overlooked.
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There can be no wonder that confusion has reigned over the political interpretation of Althusser’s early theoretical work.
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