Concerning the Work of Royden Rabinowitch: Our Disenchanted Ontology and Paradoxical Hope

Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes

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    This public lecture sought to interpret the life's work of Royden Rabinowitch. It consists mainly of simple, sculptural metal shapes, arranged on a floor or wall. Using the literature of Samuel Beckett, James Joyce, Terry Eagleton and George Didi-Huberman (on Aby Warburg), as well as a visit to dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, I elaborate on the emotional, political, historical and philosophical meanings of Rabinowitch's works.The conclusion is that they are addressing the most important issues today and do so credibly and in a paradoxically hopeful way: in a similar vein to how Terry Eagleton describes the political allegiances and impact of Beckett's oeuvre. It is particularly in keeping with the writer's engaged politics and efficacious by not speaking directly about politics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    PublisherUniversity of Cologne
    Number of pages0
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 Jul 2012
    EventSequenzen Series - Kunsthistorisches Institut, Univerity of Cologne
    Duration: 3 Jul 2012 → …


    ConferenceSequenzen Series
    Period3/07/12 → …


    • Royden Rabinowitch
    • Samuel Beckett
    • Sculpture
    • Aby Warburg
    • Terry Eagleton
    • Georges Didi-Huberman
    • Art and politics
    • Holocaust survivors


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