The Sixties and the World Event

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The Sixties and the World Event
Journal Issue Volume 36, Number 1 Published: 2009 An issue of boundary 2
Special Issue Editor(s): Hortense Spillers, Chris Connery
This special issue of boundary 2 revisits the 1960s through a global and multidisciplinary lens. It treats the decade as a global historical event, comprising decolonization, liberation, revolution, and movements against various establishments. Engaging questions of history and temporality, this issue illustrates that continued exploration and consideration of the 1960s around the world are crucial to a critical engagement with the present.

Contributors to this issue represent a wide range of disciplines, from Latin American studies and sociology to political theory and literary criticism. They bring a global perspective to the social and political legacy of the 1960s, touching on the Caribbean, Latin America, the former USSR, China, and France, as well as the United States. One contributor presents a reexamination of Latin American armed struggles in the 1960s that foregrounds the relatively positive influence of these struggles on present-day Latin American society and politics. Another contributor translates a seminal essay on José Martí written by one of Cuba’s foremost intellectuals in the mid-1960s, when the course of the Cuban revolution was still uncertain. Yet another contributor considers the forces that have sought to neutralize the struggles and negate the gains of the African American liberation movement in the 1960s American South.

Contributors. John Beverley, Anthony Bogues, Christopher Connery, Roberto Fernández Retamar, Wlad Godzich, Boris Kagarlitsky, Nina Power, Hortense Spillers, Silvia D. Spitta, Alberto Toscano


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1. Introduction: The Still Vacillating Equilibrium of the World-Christopher Connery and Hortense J. Spillers

2. March 1968 in Poland-Wlad Godzich

3. The Philosophy of Restoration: Alain Badiou and the Enemies of May-Nina Power and Alberto Toscano

4. Rethinking the Armed Struggle in Latin America-John Beverley

5. Martí in His (Third) World-Roberto Fernández Retamar

6. 1960s East and West: The Nature of the Shestidesiatniki and the New Left-Boris Kagarlitsky

7. Revisiting the Sixties and Refusing Trash: Preamble to and Interview with Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet Theater-Silvia D. Spitta

8. Black Power, Decolonization, and Caribbean Politics: Walter Rodney and the Politics of The Groundings with My Brothers-Anthony Bogues

9. "Long Time": Last Daughters and the New "New South"-Hortense J. Spillers

10. The End of the Sixties-Christopher Connery

11. Books Received

12. Contributors

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ISBN Paperback: 978-0-8223-6704-8