The Office Hour, Chapter 24: “Realpolitik”

In this episode, Toby draws on the knowledge (and German-language skills) of former Brittain Fellow Ian Afflerbach (2016-17), currently Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of North Georgia, to discuss the concept of realpolitik. Does it have any relevance to the current political situation, as media commentators tend to assume? Are we, in fact, post-Enlightenment? Are we post-State? Toby and Ian draw on sources from Ludwig von Rochau and Reinhold Niebuhr to hardboiled detective fiction and the Marvel Universe in the effort to find out.

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Andrew Marzoni is a writer, critic, teacher, musician, and co-editor of TECHStyle. He has a MA in English & American Literature from New York University and a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota. His essays and criticism have appeared in ARTnews, Cinephile, The New York Observer, The Quarterly Conversation, Review 31, Music & Literature, Rain Taxi Review of Books, and other publications. He is currently writing a critical history of Semiotext(e), 1974-present.
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