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Richard Langston

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 19: Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge: From the Underestimated Subject to the Political Constitution of Commonwealth

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Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge: From the Underestimated Subject to the Political Constitution of Commonwealth
Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge: From the Underestimated Subject to the Political Constitution of Commonwealth
Richard Langston
Historical Context, Overview and Biographies

Already a celebrated filmmaker on account of his internationally acclaimed feature film Yesterday Girl (1966), writer, filmmaker and jurist Alexander Kluge first encountered Jürgen Habermas’s gifted assistant Oskar Negt from afar when in late May 1968 Negt, whose tutorial on Marx’s Parisian manuscripts later that year would draw between 700 and 800 activists, contributed to the Extra-Parliamentary Opposition’s transformation of Frankfurt’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University into the short-lived Karl Marx-University (Kluge, 2001: 12). As Negt tells it, a year later Kluge stood out among the many students ...

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