Marxist Perspectives from Both Sides of the Atlantic on Joan of Arc

Abstract : Alongside familiar 19th and 20th century nationalist and religious appropriations of the legendary figure of Joan of Arc there were also Marxist approaches, for example, from the French socialists Eugene de Sue and Daniel de Leon, the Latin American Cristero and members of the French Resistance during World War Two. This talk focuses on less well known Marxist interpretations of Joan of Arc from European and American authors: Anna Seghers, Bertolt Brecht, Edith Thomas, Leslie Feinberg, Daniel Bensaïd, and Slavoj Žižek. These writers move away from earlier forms of re-mythologization and away from earlier eras’s retrospective orientation towards a ‚freedom-fighter’ heroine or saint. Instead, they seek to de-mythologize the political figure of Joan of Arc and to reorient the myth. This demystification is especially important when considered in the context of the contemporary political instrumentalization and commercialization of the figure of Joan of Arc, undertaken nowadays by trend setters (Karl Lagerfeld: ‚Ich bin die Jeanne d’Arc des Designs‘), media productions (the inflationary wave of films about Joan of Arc), by the French far right (Jean Marie Lepens newly founded movement „Jeanne, au secours!“, the Royalist Jacques Trémolet de Villers) and by new, conservative-revolutionary pseudo-marxist right wingers (Francis Cousin, Alain Soral).
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Florent Gabaude. Marxist Perspectives from Both Sides of the Atlantic on Joan of Arc. Europäische Mythen neu erzählt. Tradition or Myth? The Reception of Medieval European Topics in the Anglo-American and European Spheres, International Society for the Study of Medievalism, Jul 2016, Bamberg, Germany. ⟨hal-01767211⟩

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