Czech radicals confront Soviet tanks in Prague, August 20, 1968.
Guidelines for class paper due on Thursday, October 17
Read George Katsiaficas, The Global Imagination of 1968, foreword, preface, and pp. 1-210. Here, you will learn about what Katsificas (following the philosopher Herbert Marcuse) calls the "politics of eros"and the "eros effect"--respectively, radical politics based on a sense of limitless possibility and great waves of activism that express such politics. The book presents a global survey of such uprisings from 1968 into the early 1970s and, in some places, beyond.
Track down a primary source--photograph, film, political manifesto, memoir, statue, or something else--that exemplifies the eros effect, circa 1968-1970, in a country other than the United States. Write a two-page essay (about 650 words) that explains how this source articulates the politics of eros.
On October 17, come to class with your primary source (or a photo of it) and your essay, and be ready to read the essay to the seminar.
Like all papers for his course, the essay should be typed in a standard font and double-spaced. It should also be proofread and copyedited before it's submitted. Papers that fall short of these minimal standards or do not meet the requirement as to length will have to be revised and resubmitted.
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