The Politics of Aesthetics

The Politics of Aesthetics


By (author) Jacques Ranciere, Translated by Gabriel Rockhill, Introduction by Gabriel Rockhill

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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 186mm x 10mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0826489540
  • ISBN 13: 9780826489548
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 51,311

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The Politics of Aesthetics rethinks the relationship between art and politics, reclaiming "aesthetics" from the narrow confines it is often reduced to. Jacques Ranciere reveals its intrinsic link to politics by analysing what they both have in common: the delimitation of the visible and the invisible, the audible and the inaudible, the thinkable and the unthinkable, the possible and the impossible. Presented as a set of inter-linked interviews, The Politics of Aesthetics provides the most comprehensive introduction to Ranciere's work to date, ranging across the history of art and politics from the Greek polis to the aesthetic revolution of the modern age. Already translated into five languages, this English edition of The Politics of Aesthetics includes a new afterword by Slavoj Zizek, an interview for the English edition, a glossary of technical terms and an extensive bibliography.

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Author information

Jacques Ranciere is Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Paris VIII (St Denis) and a former student of Louis Althusser. His translated works include The Nights of Labour, The Ignorant Schoolmaster, The Names of History and Disagreement.

Review quote

"'Locating the political significance of art has not only gone out of fashion, it has in recent years become a source of embarrassment. No one has argued against this repression with more precision, nuance, and undeniable force than Jacques Ranciere... This book, with an emphatic "Afterword" by Zizek, provides a riveting and compelling outline of the central elements of Ranciere's politics of aesthetics and its relation to his demanding rethinking of the political.' J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research 'A benchmark, this compact book shows why Ranciere is one of the most compelling thinkers and writers in France since Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.' Tom Conley, Harvard University 'This is possibly the most important essay, despite its length, since Adorno's Aesthetic Theory.' Adrian Rifkin, Professor of Visual Culture, Middlesex"

Table of contents

Translator's preface: The Reconfiguration of Meaning; Translator's Introduction: Jacques Ranciere's Politics of Perception; THE POLITICS OF AESTHETICS; Foreword; The Distribution of the Sensible: Politics and Aesthetics; Artistic Regimes and the Shortcomings of the Notion of Modernity; Mechanical Arts and the Promotion of the Anonymous; Is History a Form of Fiction?; On Art and Work; A New Interview with Jacques Ranciere for the English Edition: The Janus-Face of Politicized Art; Historical and Hermeneutic Methodology; Universality, Historicity, Equality; Positive Contradiction; Politicized Art; Afterword by Slavoj Zizek: The Lesson of Ranciere; Appendix I: Glossary of Technical Terms; Appendix II: Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources; Index.