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    Profanations (Hardback) By (author) Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Jeff Fort

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    DescriptionThe Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben has always been an original reader of texts, understanding their many rich and multiple historical, aesthetic, and political meanings and effects. In Profanations, Agamben has assembled for the first time some of his most pivotal essays on photography, the novel, and film. A meditation on memory and oblivion, on what is lost and what remains, Profanations proves yet again that Agamben is one of the most provocative writers of our time. In ten essays, Agamben ponders a series of literary and philosophical problems: the relation among genius, ego, and theories of subjectivity; the problem of messianic time as explicated in both images and lived experience; parody as a literary paradigm; and the potential of magic to provide an ethical canon. The range of topics and themes addressed here attest to the creativity of Agamben's singular mode of thought and his persistent concern with the act of witnessing, sometimes futile, sometimes earth-shattering: the talking cricket in Pinocchio; "helpers" in Kafka's novels; pictorial representations of the Last Judgment, of anonymous female faces, and of "Rosebud," the infamous object of obsession in Citizen Kane. "In Praise of Profanity," the central essay of this small but dense book, confronts the question of profanity as the crucial political task of the moment. An act of resistance to every form of separation, the concept of profanation reorients perceptions of how power, consumption, and use interweave to produce an urgent political modality and desire: to profane the unprofanable. Agamben not only provides a new and potent theoretical model but describes it with a writerly style that itself forges inescapable links among literature, politics, and philosophy.Giorgio Agamben is Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Venice. His many publications include Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive (Zone Books), The Coming Community, and State of Exception.


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    Title
    Profanations
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Giorgio Agamben, Translated by Jeff Fort
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 99
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781890951825
    ISBN 10: 189095182X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPCF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC22: 194
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15220
    DC22: 111.85, 111/.85
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: BH39 .A3213 2007
    Thema V1.0: QDHR
    Illustrations note
    6 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    ZONE BOOKS
    Imprint name
    ZONE BOOKS
    Publication date
    30 November 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Giorgio Agamben is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Venice. He is the author of Profanations (2007), Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive (2002), both published by Zone Books, and other books.