Žižek and the Paradoxical Privatization of… Communism

Terrible predictions…

In 1879, the magnificently named Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff MP met with a little known German journalist called Karl Marx.
According to Francis Wheen’s biography, Sir Mountstuart, in a letter he wrote shortly after the meeting, was of the opinion that, although Marx was a nice chap:… Read More

Literature: Why It Matters

by Pascal Porcheron

It’s September 2006 and the author of this piece is sitting in their first Literature class. The professor begins the class by asking us, ‘why are you here? What’s the point of studying Literature?’ Chaos ensues, as we soon discover that we have never interrogated the ‘why’—we … Read More

Visual Culture

By Richard Howells

Visual culture is one of those things that seems to get only more relevant in an increasingly visual age. It also helps explain why my and Joachim Negreiros’s Visual Culture has now gone into its third edition with Polity.

When the first edition came out in 2003, … Read More