Tui (intellectual)

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A Tui is an intellectual who sells his or her abilities and opinions as a commodity in the marketplace[clarification needed] or who uses them[clarification needed][vague] to support the dominant ideology of an oppressive society.[citation needed] The German modernist theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht invented the term and used it in a range of critical and creative projects, including the material that he developed in the mid-1930s for his so-called Tui-Novel—an unfinished satire on intellectuals in the German Empire and Weimar Republic—and his epic comedy from the early 1950s, Turandot or the Whitewashers' Congress. The word is a neologism that results from the acronym of a word play on "intellectual" ("Tellekt-Ual-In").[1]

According to Mark Clark:[2]

Brecht routinely referred to the members of the Frankfurt School, particularly Theodor Adorno, as "Tuis".[3] The corresponding term "Tuism" describes the theory and practice of the Tui-intellectual.[4]


  1. ^ Kuhn and Constantine (2004, xix, 251).
  2. ^ Clark, M. W. (July 2006). Hero or Villain? Bertolt Brecht and the Crisis Surrounding June 1953. Journal of Contemporary History. vol. 41 no. 3. pp. 451–475.
  3. ^ Jay (1996, 201–202).
  4. ^ Leming (2005, 43–45).


  • Jay, Martin (1996). The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923–1950. Weimar & Now: German Cultural Criticism series. New ed. Berkeley: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20423-9.
  • Kuhn, Tom and David Constantine, eds. (2004). Collected Plays: Eight. By Bertolt Brecht. Bertolt Brecht: Plays, Poetry, Prose Series. London: Methuen. ISBN 0-413-77352-3.
  • Leming, Warren (June 2005). "Tui Tsunami: Brecht Reception and Homeland Insecurity". Communications from the International Brecht Society 34: 43–45.