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Yale University acquires Gianfranco Sanguinetti's archives

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The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University today announced its acquisition of the papers of Italian writer and activist Gianfranco Sanguinetti, a key figure in the Situationist International avant-garde protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

Yale University acquires Gianfranco Sanguinetti's archives

Papers of Italian Activist and Writer Gianfranco Sanguinetti Provide Insight into European Postwar Protest Movements

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University today announced its acquisition of the papers of Italian writer and activist Gianfranco Sanguinetti, a key figure in the Situationist International avant-garde protest movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

The archive features more than 650 letters between Sanguinetti and Guy Debord, the French theorist, writer, and filmmaker who founded the Situationist International [SI], a group of intellectuals and artists that blended Marxist theory and 20th century avant-garde art into a comprehensive critique of capitalist society. The majority of these letters have never been published.

“It would be extremely difficult to write a complete history of the Situationist International without this archive,” says Kevin Repp, curator of modern European books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. “Sanguinetti was a driving force in the movement and his papers, including his rich correspondence with Debord, provides extraordinary insight into crucial moments of the European post-war counterculture.”

The archive consists of 48 boxes of correspondence, writings, documents, ephemera, and photographs. The manuscript material is remarkably dense and substantive, documenting not only the relationship between Debord and Sanguinetti, but also the far more extensive network of friends and members of the SI as well as their concrete links to social and cultural-political activism in this period.

The SI’s theories and tactics influenced the May 1968 uprisings in France – a period of general unrest marked by general strikes and occupations of factories and universities.

Sanguinetti wrote to Debord in the uprisings’ aftermath. A close friendship quickly ensued, with Sanguinetti playing a leading role in the formation of the Italian section of the SI. Sanguinetti became Debord’s primary source of news about Italian social and political unrest, which seemed a perfect proving ground for SI tactics, and the two continued to collaborate long after the movement was dissolved in 1972.

The archive includes an autograph manuscript and multiple corrected typescripts, bearing annotations in Debord’s hand, of Sanguinetti’s most influential work: “Rapporto Veredico sulle ultime Opportunità di salvare il Capitalismo in Italia” (“The Real Report on the Last Chance to Save Capitalism in Italy”). Published in 1975, the “Rapporto” is pseudonymous pamphlet written from the aristocratic perspective of “the Censor,” a well-informed Italian Conservative. It accuses the Italian state of orchestrating the Milan bombings of 1969 in order to rally public opinion against protest movements.

The archive includes preparatory notes and outlines of conversations documenting Debord’s role in conceiving and composing the pamphlet.

Other highlights include drafts of the statutes of the Italian section of the Situationist International; original manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of Internazionale Situazionista, no. 1 (sole issue published, 1969), the Italian section’s journal.

The archive also features the original manuscript of "Rimedio a Tutto" ("Remedy for Everything"), Sanguinetti’s book about the Movimento ‘77; a wave of protest that swept across Italy in 1977. Most of the 466-page manuscript is unpublished, though two chapters were published in 1978 as “Del Terrorismo e dello Stato” (“Terrorism and the State”).

The archive is part of the Beinecke Library’s major collection development initiative to document the postwar avant-garde and counterculture in Europe, including movements such as the Situationists, Lettrism, Sound and Concrete Poetry, Provos, and student and autonomist movements in France, Germany, and Italy, particularly relating to the Movimento del 77. Major archival acquisitions include the Bismuth-Lemaître papers, Gil J. Wolman papers, Jacqueline de Jong papers, Henri Chopin papers, and Gianni Bertini papers.

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world's largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale's principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. Researchers from around the world use the Beinecke's extensive collections to create new scholarship.

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Yale University acquires Gianfranco Sanguinetti's archives
Authored by: Bill Not Bored on Friday, January 31 2014 @ 02:18 PM CST

 

Lots of academic bullshit ("recuperation") here!

Sanguinetti was never an "activist": he was always a revolutionary.

The SI was not a "protest movement": it was a revolutionary organization, devoted to the overthrow of the capitalist order and its State.

The SI did not adopt "Marxist theory," as if that is some kind of monolithic ideology, but only certain parts of Marxism (anti-Leninist Western Marxism: Pannekoek, Lukacs and Lefebvre, for example), plus lots of anarchist ideas, approaches and practices.

The SI and the situationist movement in general loathed the "counterculture" of the 1950s and 1960s, and set themselves in open opposition to it.

The pamphlet attributed to "Censor" (not "the Censor") wasn't simply "anonymous" and it didn't simply "accuse the Italian state of orchestrating the Milan bombings of 1969": it was an elaborate fake/hoax/detournement; it claimed that the Italian State was behind virtually every instance of "spectacular terrorism" that was perpetrated between 1969 and 1974; and, consequently, it caused a very serious scandal.

The "Remedy for Everything" is not simply "about" the Movimento '77, but many other things, as well, and only one chapter of it was published ("On Terrorism and the State") and it was published in 1979, not 1978.

 

If it is so riddled with errors, why did I post this press release here?

(1) To publicize the availability of these archives to the general public.

(2) To make shame more shameful by giving it the publicity it deserves.

 

 

 

Yale University acquires Gianfranco Sanguinetti's archives
Authored by: Admin on Friday, January 31 2014 @ 02:42 PM CST

What caught my eye was that this doesn't acknowlege that the S.I. has influenced radicals, activists and social movements since the 1960s.

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Yale University acquires Gianfranco Sanguinetti's archives
Authored by: Bill Not Bored on Friday, January 31 2014 @ 02:59 PM CST

 

Good catch.

I guess that's part of the utility of lumping the situs under the rubrics of "protest movement" and/or the "counterculture," both of which came to an end in the 1980s (or so we are told: there was obviously a resurgence of both protest and certain forms of counterculture in the late 1990s and all through the past 15 years). But for recuperating academics, an end to one presumably means an end to the other. "Those times are long gone," etc etc.

What is important to us? The continuity or rather the continuation of opposition to capitalism and the State, which waxes and wanes but never disappears.

 
Yale University acquires Gianfranco Sanguinetti's archives
Authored by: Admin on Friday, January 31 2014 @ 03:09 PM CST

Academics are pretty out of the loop. Sometimes they just don't realize their own bias against these things. I remember back in the early 2000s, when I was on a panel discussion at Georgetown hosted by the Marist Literary Group. Some interesting radicals, but they were very uninterested in my insider account of the globalization movement.

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