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Guy Debord

(1931—1994)

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Cobra

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

A group of Expressionist painters formed in Paris in 1948 by a number of Netherlandish and Scandinavian artists. The name derived from the first letters of the capital cities of the three...

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commodity fetishism

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

The mistaken view that the value of a commodity is intrinsic and the corresponding failure to appreciate the investment of labour that went into its production. Karl Marx created this term,...

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Cornelius Castoriadis

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

(1922–97)

Paris-based Greek political philosopher and psychoanalyst. Born in Constantinople (present-day Istanbul) and educated in Greece, Castoriadis lived in France from the end...

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détournement

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

An artistic practice conceived by the Situationists for transforming artworks by creatively disfiguring them. In ‘A User's Guide to Détournement’ (1956), Guy Debord, a key Situationist...

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psychogeography

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

The study of the specific effects (and affects) of the built environment (intended or not) on the emotions and actions of individuals. Although generally associated with the Situationists,...

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Raoul Vaneigem

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

(1934–)

Belgiananarchist philosopher who, along with Guy Debord, was one of the key theorists of Situationism. Born in Lessines, Belgium, he studied at the Free University of...

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Situationism

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

A small, influential and highly politicized artistic movement founded in 1957, from the remnants of two previous Avant-garde groups, the Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus (led by Asger...

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Socialism or Barbarism

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A political group so-called because of the journal they established of the same name, which ran for 40 issues. Formed in response to Tito's break with Stalin in 1948 by a breakaway group...

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society of the spectacle

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

A zeitgeist or periodizing term proposed by French Marxist critic and activist Guy Debord as the appropriate designation for the latter half of the 20th century in which the process of...

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