Race, Class and Tragedy: Nietzsche and the Fantasies of Europe

Toscano, Alberto. 2020. Race, Class and Tragedy: Nietzsche and the Fantasies of Europe. Crisis and Critique, 7(1), ISSN 2311-8172 [Article]

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This essay revisits Nietzsche’s meta-political (or archi-political) speculations about Europe through the interlocking prisms of class and race. It explores the extent to which something like a ‘class racism’ – or, in Domenico Losurdo’s formulation, a ‘transversal racism’ – can be seen to operate in Nietzsche’s anti-democratic visions of European unification. In a concluding section, it traces elements of Nietzsche’s later problematisation of a European ‘great politics’ in the often-neglected political dimension of his writings on Ancient Greek tragedy and the cultural necessity of slavery, while also touching upon the way in which these writings have served as a resource for anti-colonial poetics.

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Aimé Césaire, class racism, Domenico Losurdo, Friedrich Nietzsche, Wole Soyinka, slavery, tragedy

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English and Comparative Literature > Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought


24 August 2019Accepted
13 January 2020Published

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01 Nov 2019 15:57

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14 Jun 2021 21:06



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