Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics

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9780822345060: Jacques Rancière: History, Politics, Aesthetics

The French philosopher Jacques Rancière has influenced disciplines from history and philosophy to political theory, literature, art history, and film studies. His research into nineteenth-century workers’ archives, reflections on political equality, critique of the traditional division between intellectual and manual labor, and analysis of the place of literature, film, and art in modern society have all constituted major contributions to contemporary thought. In this collection, leading scholars in the fields of philosophy, literary theory, and cultural criticism engage Rancière’s work, illuminating its originality, breadth, and rigor, as well as its place in current debates. They also explore the relationships between Rancière and the various authors and artists he has analyzed, ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Flaubert, Rossellini, Auerbach, Bourdieu, and Deleuze.

The contributors to this collection do not simply elucidate Rancière’s project; they also critically respond to it from their own perspectives. They consider the theorist’s engagement with the writing of history, with institutional and narrative constructions of time, and with the ways that individuals and communities can disturb or reconfigure what he has called the “distribution of the sensible.” They examine his unique conception of politics as the disruption of the established distribution of bodies and roles in the social order, and they elucidate his novel account of the relationship between aesthetics and politics by exploring his astute analyses of literature and the visual arts. In the collection’s final essay, Rancière addresses some of the questions raised by the other contributors and returns to his early work to provide a retrospective account of the fundamental stakes of his project.

Contributors. Alain Badiou, Étienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels, Yves Citton, Tom Conley, Solange Guénoun, Peter Hallward, Todd May, Eric Méchoulan, Giuseppina Mecchia, Jean-Luc Nancy, Andrew Parker, Jacques Rancière, Gabriel Rockhill, Kristin Ross, James Swenson, Rajeshwari Vallury, Philip Watts

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"What makes this the book that everyone interested in Jacques Rancière has to have is its incomparable roster of contributors. Rancière himself sets a standard of intellectual seriousness, and the contributors honor him by wrestling strenuously with his thought. They illuminate the trajectory of that thought and the connections between the historian of class and the philosopher of equality, the thinker of politics and the thinker of aesthetics. You can see why Rancière is one of the few French thinkers creating an ever increasing excitement in North America."--Bruce Robbins, author of Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State

"This timely collection of essays should finally jump-start the English-speaking conversation about the work of Jacques Rancière, one of the most innovative political philosophers now writing. His method of equality, his contrast of a stable `police' order with `the political' as an interruption of that order by those invisible within it, and his idea that both politics and art involve modes of distributing/partitioning the sensible together form a unique constellation of radical political thinking."--J. M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

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"This timely collection of essays should finally jump-start the English-speaking conversation about the work of Jacques Ranciere, one of the most innovative political philosophers now writing. His method of equality, his contrast of a stable 'police' order with 'the political' as an interruption of that order by those invisible within it, and his idea that both politics and art involve modes of distributing/partitioning the sensible together form a unique constellation of radical political thinking."--J. M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

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Verlag: DUKE UNIV PR Sep 2009 (2009)
ISBN 10: 0822345064 ISBN 13: 9780822345060
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Buchbeschreibung DUKE UNIV PR Sep 2009, 2009. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - Collection that examines the work of cultural and political theorist Jacques Ranciere. 368 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780822345060

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