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"Burn, Baby! Burn!": Paris, Watts, Brussels, Berlin and Vietnam in the Work of Kommune I, 1967

Davies, MP; (2018) "Burn, Baby! Burn!": Paris, Watts, Brussels, Berlin and Vietnam in the Work of Kommune I, 1967. Forum for Modern Language Studies , 54 (2) pp. 136-156. 10.1093/fmls/cqx076. Green open access

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Abstract

This study explores the best-known works of West Berlin’s subversive group Kommune I (KI), four flyers which triggered a prosecution for incitement to arson in 1967. The flyers allude to a recent, catastrophic fire in a department store in Brussels in order to comment satirically on the Vietnam conflict. This reading refers to the work of the Situationist International (SI) and Guy Debord, highlighting correspondences between the thought and practice of the SI and KI’s flyers. Mobilizing some of the SI’s key concepts, such as the spectacle and détournement, this study considers how KI’s flyers exploit and challenge some of the era’s most significant discourses about Vietnam, from both the political mainstream and the anti-war movement, at times moving them onto new, unsettling ground. The essay thus contributes to an analysis of the ways in which KI achieved its profoundly disturbing effects.

Type: Article
Title: "Burn, Baby! Burn!": Paris, Watts, Brussels, Berlin and Vietnam in the Work of Kommune I, 1967
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/fmls/cqx076
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqx076
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1538363
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