Julian Murphet is Jury Chair of English Language and Literature at the University of Adelaide.
All essays by Julian Murphet
The Aesthetics of Resistance, Volume II
by Peter Weiss, translated by Joel Scott
Duke University Press
Published March, 2020
Named and Nameless Others
Most fiction treats workers as fully external creatures, carrying their physicality as a symbol of their position within the division of labour; Weiss presents them as the authentic bearers of our collective human cultural destiny. It is a question of how these workers, who pay for the very possibility of culture with the surplus created by their labour, attain it, and even come to represent it, themselves. By sheer force of will, and the necessity of an inner compulsion, these young men and women return from the shop floor, physically exhausted but spiritually on fire, to study, debate, and reflect.
Mar. 2020 • Fiction • In translation