The Wilful Child

with Michael Haneke

This video segment complements the 2014 English-language edition of History and Obstinacy by Alexander Kluge and Oskar Negt, edited by Devin Fore and translated by Richard Langston (Zone Books).


See Kluge and Negt’s comments on “The Obstinate Child” (the shortest story in the Grimms’ Children’s and Household Tales) and their “Comparison Between Antigone And ‘The Obstinate Child’” (pp. 292-93 and 293-94).

See “Antirealism of Feeling” in Kluge and Negt’s “atlas of concepts” (p. 414) and the related story of an unfinished installation by artist Joseph Beuys (pp. 414-15).

History and Obstinacy