The New Left and the 1960s
Douglas Kellner (ed), Herbert Marcuse's Collected Papers, Volume 3: The New Left and the 1960s
(Routledge, 2004), 224 pages
- From the publisher's
"The New Left
and the 1960s is the third volume of Herbert Marcuse's collected papers.
In 1964, Marcuse qublished a major study of advanced industrial society,
One Dimensional Man, which was an important influence on the young radicals
who formed the New Left. Marcuse embodied many of the defining political
impulses of the New Left in his thought and politics - hence a younger
generation of political activists looked up to him for theoretical and
political guidance. The new material collected in this volume provides
a rich and deep grasp of the era and the role of Marcuse in the theoretical
and political dramas of the day.
This volume contains articles, letters, talks an interviews including:
"On the New Left," a transcription of the 1968 talk at The
Guardian newpaper's 20th anniversary; "Reflections on the French
Revolution" which contains comments on the 1968 French student
and worker uprising; "Liberation from the Affluent Society"
which presents Marcuse's contribution to the 1967 "Dialectics of
Liberations" conference; and "USA: Questions of Organization
and the Revolutionary Subject", a conversation between Marcuse
and the German writer Hans Magnus Enzenburger, published here in English
for the first time.
Edited by Douglas Kellner, this volume will be of interest to all those
previously unfamiliar with Herbert Marcuse, generally acknowledged as
a major figure in the intellectual and social mileux of the 1960s and
1970s, as well as to specialists who will here have access to previously
- review: Russell Jacoby, "Men
in Dark Times," Nation, Feb 7, 2005 (archive copy
with responses by Kellner and P. Marcuse)
- This is the third volume in a series of six.