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Jacques Ranciere History, Politics, Aesthetics by Gabriel Rockhill
  

Jacques Ranciere History, Politics, Aesthetics

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Jacques Ranciere History, Politics, Aesthetics by Gabriel Rockhill

The French philosopher Jacques Ranciere 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 Ranciere's work, illuminating its originality, breadth, and rigor, as well as its place in current debates. They also explore the relationships between Ranciere 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 Ranciere'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, Ranciere 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, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels, Yves Citton, Tom Conley, Solange Guenoun, Peter Hallward, Todd May, Eric Mechoulan, Giuseppina Mecchia, Jean-Luc Nancy, Andrew Parker, Jacques Ranciere, Gabriel Rockhill, Kristin Ross, James Swenson, Rajeshwari Vallury, Philip Watts

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Each chapter in this volume is an engaging and valuable critical engagement with Ranciere, and, while the book as a whole makes a persuasive case for a thorough and urgent reading of Ranciere's work, it is also a useful critical supplement to it. -- Patrick French * h French Studies * What makes this volume the book that everyone interested in Jacques Ranciere has to have is its incomparable roster of contributors. Ranciere 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 Ranciere is one of the few French thinkers creating an ever greater 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 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 Each chapter in this volume is an engaging and valuable critical engagement with Ranciere, and, while the book as a whole makes a persuasive case for a thorough and urgent reading of Ranciere's work, it is also a useful critical supplement to it. - Patrick Ffrench, French Studies


About the Author

Garbiel Rockhill is an assistant professor of philosophy at Villanova University. He is edited and translated Jacques Ranciere's The Politics of Aesthetics. Philip Watts is an associate professor of French at Columbia University. He is the author of Allegories of the Purge: How Literature Responded to the Postwar Trials of Writers and Intellectuals in France.Philip Watts is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of French and Romance Philology at Columbia University. He is the author of Allegories of the Purge.

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Publication date

21st August 2009

Author

Gabriel Rockhill

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Publisher

Duke University Press

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Social & political philosophy

ISBN

9780822344933

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