Radical Writing and Resistance

The ‘Radical Writing and Resistance’ reading group has been set up to provide a regular space for discussion on radical literary, artistic, and critical movements and work produced since 1918, with a particular focus on the period from 1960 onward.

As opposed to a single long text, we have taken the decision to supply up to four shorter readings (chapters, articles,extracts, mixed-media) to stimulate a conversation around a broader theme. Please see below the poster for links to the readings for each session, and any guest speakers.

If you would like to receive updates and the readings via email, please send an email to George at george.bickers(at)postgrad.manchester.ac.uk with the subject ‘Reading Group’.

Session Six: Anti-Capitalist Writing and Radical Activity. Tuesday 27th June.
Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate School Seminar Room 2.


Selections from Equality by R. H. Tawney (click here)
Introduction to Hatred of Capitalism ed. Chris Kraus and Sylvere Lotringer (click here)
“Organized Anarchism in the Anti-Capitalist Struggle” booklet by Common Cause Ottawa (click here)


Session Seven: Radical Forms. Date TBA.

Session Eight: Hope. Monday 24th July.

Session One: What is Radicalism? Monday February 20th, 2017
This session will run as a general discussion on what constitutes a radical piece of writing, or a radical movement, exploring the idea of the radical versus the reactionary, and the guises radical work can take.


Umberto Eco’s ‘Ur-Fascism’ (click here for article)
Selections from Notes from the First Year (New York Radical Women) 1968 (click here)
particularly pages 1-7; 18-19; 26-27
15 minute documentary based on Frantz Fanon’s “Concerning Violence” (click here)
Directed by Göran Olsson

Session Two: Urbanism. Monday March 13th. 4 – 6pm
Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate Seminar Room 2
This session will explore ideas of radical writing and action within urban contexts, with possible discussions on architecture, infrastructure, public services, and public versus private space.


Extracts from John Rechy’s The Sexual Outlaw (1977) (Click here)
‘Radical Flâneuserie’ by Lauren Elkin (click here)
Introduction from Rise of the Modernist Bookshop by Huw Osborne (2016) (Click here)
‘Architecture or Revolution’ by Le Courbusier (Click here)

Session Three: Postcolonialism. Monday April 3rd 2017, 4 – 6pm
Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate School Seminar Room 2.


“The Reservation Conditions” by Vine Deloria, Jr. (click here)
“Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism” by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (click here)
“The Muse of History” by Derek Walcott (click here)
Extracts from Concerning Violence” from The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon (click here)

Session Four: Environmental Writing and Radical Activity. Monday May 15th, 2017
Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate School Seminar Room 2.


“Ecology and Revolutionary Thought” by Murray Bookchin (writing under the name Lewis Herber) in Anarchos issue 1, 1968. (Click here)
“Ecofeminism: Toward Global Justice and Planetary Health” by Greta Gaard and Lori Gruen, in Society and Nature, 2 (1993) (Click here)
“The Blind Suicide” from The First Morning of the Earth (Click here)
“The Missing Homeostat” by Vincent Garton (Click here)

Session Five: Radical Women’s Writing. Monday June 12th, 2017
Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate School Seminar Room 2.
Guest chaired by Sabine Sharp


Extracts from The Female Man by Joanna Russ (click here)
S.C.U.M Manifesto by Valerie Solanas (click here)
Women’s seizure of “RAT: Subterranean News” February 9, 1970 issue (click here)
Extract from Brigid Brophy’s In Transit (1969) (click here)