The Patriot

The Patriot

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Alexander Kluge achieved his breakthrough at the 1966 Venice Biennale with his first feature, Yesterday Girl (Abschied von gestern), but it is arguably his 1979 film The Patriot (Die Patriotin) that first embodied the great heights his storytelling could reach. Titled after its heroine, the history teacher Gabi Teichert, The Patriot is, however, much more than just a curious story about a headstrong pedagogue intent on teaching kids a version of German history that does not end in war and death: it is one of the finest examples of Kluge's exploration of the poetic force of Frankfurt School Critical Theory. This book pursues The Patriot's conception as a cinematic extension of the theoretical agenda that Kluge and social philosopher Oskar Negt began developing just as the Frankfurt School's first generation was ending. It will guide twenty-first-century English-language readers past superficial interpretations of the film's engagement with German history. By asking how and why The Patriot brings the twin concepts of history and obstinacy (the inherent human propensity to resist capitalism's forces of expropriation and alienation) to the screen, this book revitalizes Kluge's film for the new millennium.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 133 x 190 x 15mm | 666g
  • Columbia, MD, United States
  • English
  • 164014076X
  • 9781640140769

Table of contents

What's in a Title? On the Difficulty of Translating Historical Particularities, or, Does Resistance Have a Gender?
From History to Obstinacy: Close Readings of Gabi Teichert's Search and Corporal Wieland's Wandering Knee
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About Richard Langston

Richard Langston is Professor of German at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has written extensively on the work and thought of Alexander Kluge.
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