IF
I
CAN’T
DANCE,
IF
I
CAN’T
DANCE,
I DON’T WANT TO BE PART OF YOUR REVOLUTION
Lisa Robertson
Anemones: A Simone Weil Project
'Anemones: A Simone Weil Project', Lisa Robertson with a contribution by Benny Nemer. Graphic design: Rietlanden Women’s Office.

The author’s research on troubadour poetry yields this experiment in thinking ‘near and with’ philosopher and political activist Simone Weil. Moving between the epistolary, poetry, performance and scholarly research, it centres on a new translation of Weil’s 1942 essay ‘What the Occitan Inspiration Consists Of’ that elevates the troubadour concept of love to a practice of political resistance rejecting force in all its forms. Robertson dwells on the transhistorical potential of this concept from the violent context in which it emerged to the troubling conditions of the present. Embracing actualised and suppressed histories, the work testifies to words, friendship and readership as resistance across distances.

Design: Rietlanden Women’s Office
ISBN 978-94-92139-19-1
120pp, ills bw, 23–14 cm, pb, English, 2021

20.18

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