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    DescriptionThe theorists of art and film commonly depict the modern audience as aesthetically and politically passive. In response, both artists and thinkers have sought to transform the spectator into an active agent and the spectacle into a communal performance. In this follow-up to the acclaimed The Future of the Image, Ranciere takes a radically different approach to this attempted emancipation. First asking exactly what we mean by political art or the politics of art, he goes on to look at what the tradition of critical art, and the desire to insert art into life, has achieved. Has the militant critique of the consumption of images and commodities become, ironically, a sad affirmation of its omnipotence?

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    The Emancipated Spectator
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacques Ranciere
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 159 g
    ISBN 13: 9781844677610
    ISBN 10: 1844677613

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    BIC subject category V2: ABA
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    B&T General Subject: 610
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    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000
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    B&T Approval Code: A10800000
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    DC22: 700.1
    Abridged Dewey: 111
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    LC classification: NX220 .R3613 2011
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    Thema V1.0: ABA
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Verso Books
    Imprint name
    Verso Books
    Publication date
    01 October 2011
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    Author Information
    JACQUES RANCIERE is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People and The Nights of Labor.
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    "In this follow-up to his fruitful The Future of the Image, French philosopher Ranciere argues forcefully against familiar critiques of the "spectacle" ... This persuasive argument is fleshed out through close readings of art, photography, literature and video installation, and a drily amusing analysis of leftwing "melancholy" and "rightwing frenzy" in critiques of capitalism." - Steven Poole, Guardian "What we see here is Ranciere developing a unique voice as a political theorist." - Bookforum "French philosopher Jacques Ranciere is a refreshing read for anyone concerned with what art has to do with politics and society." - Art Review "Ranciere's writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist." - Slavoj Zizek "The Emancipated Spectator is intended to improve our comprehension of art and deepen our grasp of the politics of perception ... [it has an] impressive concern with the political analysis of art and the use of imagery" - Times Higher Education "What we are given is, above all, a figure of the spectator whose capacities to sense and think are greater than we have been prepared to conceive." - Radical Philosophy "His art lies in the rigor of his argument - its careful, precise unfolding - and at the same time not treating his reader, whether university professor or unemployed actress, as an imbecile." - Kristin Ross "In the face of impossible attempts to proceed with progressive ideas within the terms of postmodernist discourse, Ranciere shows a way out of the malaise." - Liam Gillick "It's clear that Jacques Ranciere is relighting the flame that was extinguished for many - that is why he serves as such a signal reference today." - Thomas Hirschhorn