Saturday, October 13, 2012

Back to roots, maybe? Romanticism, Tropicalia, Marxism

I periodically do this. Looking back, some of what I consider to be the best writing on the site happened in 2003, the year before I moved to the Northwest, with honorable mention also going to the summer and possibly fall of 2004, when the west coast was still fairly fresh. Since then, results have been somewhat mixed, mainly because relocating to the other side of the country and getting established there takes much time that would otherwise be spent on doing the sort of things that were much easier in Florida. But, hopefully, now things are starting to even out somewhat, and it's as good a time as ever to try to revisit some of the things that kind of got lost in the rush to become a full time college student at Evergreen in order to finish up my degree before just generally living here.

The synthesis of Romanticism and Marxism is still something that I believe has potential, as well as the applied instance of the two in the form of an American Tropicalia, the Tropicalia movement in Brazil having Romantic overtones itself. This all is possible because of a presumed autonomy of the cultural sphere over the economic, where although the cultural sphere is still ultimately determined by the economic there's enough room for creativity that can be expressed through things that treat culture and alienation deriving from it as being somewhat valid in and of themselves. This, if the overall context is recognized and culture ultimately contextualized within the material economic framework of society. Culture is not primary, but it also is not simply a product of economic conditions, and has some validity in and of itself.


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