112th: Charity Scribner's "After the Red Army Faction"
Please join us on Wednesday, March 18th, at 7pm for a reading and discussion of Charity Scribner's new book, After the Red Army Faction. The event will be introduced by Jeremy Varon.
Masterminded by women, the Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorized West Germany from the 1970s to the 1990s, and afterimages of its leaders persist in the works of pivotal artists and writers, including Gerhard Richter, Elfriede Jelinek, and Slavoj Zizek. Why were women so prominent in the RAF? What does the continuing cultural response to the German armed struggle tell us about the representation of violence, power, and gender today? In After the Red Army Faction, Charity Scribner engages critical theory to address these questions and analyze signal works that point beyond militancy and terrorism. These works of art and literature expose the failures of the German Far Left and register the radical potential that RAF women actually forfeited.
Charity Scribner is an associate professor at the City University of New York, where she teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College. She is also the author of Requiem for Communism.
Jeremy Varon is an associate professor of history at The New School. He is the author of Bringing the War Home: The Weather Underground, the Red Army Faction, and Revolutionary Violence in the Sixties and Seventies.