Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene

Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene : The Philosophy of Radical Equality

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This book forms the first critical study of Jacques Ranciere's impact and contribution to contemporary theoretical and interdisciplinary studies. It showcases the work of leading scholars in fields such as political theory, history and aesthetic theory; each of whom are uniquely situated to engage with the novelty of Ranciere's thinking within their respective fields. Each of the essays provides an investigation into the critical stance Ranciere takes towards his contemporaries, concentrating on the versatile application of his thought to diverse fields of study (including, political and education theory, cinema studies, literary and aesthetic theory, and historical studies). The aim of this collection is to use the critical interventions Ranciere's writing makes on current topics and themes as a way of offering new critical perspectives on his thought. Wielding their individual expertise, each contributor assesses his perspectives and positions on thinkers and topics of contemporary importance. The edition includes a new essay by Jacques Ranciere, which charts the different problems and motivations that have shaped his work.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 418g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1441114092
  • 9781441114099
  • 1,297,249

Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Philosophy of Radical Equality, Jean-Philippe Deranty and Alison Ross; 2 TBA - a previously unpublished piece by Jacques Ranciere; 3. Ranciere and Film, Jay M. Bernstein; 4. Ranciere and the Philosophy of Anarchism, Todd May; 5. Ranciere and Work, Jean-Philippe Deranty; 6. Ranciere and Marx, Emmanuel Renault; 7. Ranciere and Godard, Lisa Trahair; 8. Ranciere and Education, Caroline Pelletier; 9. Ranciere and Literature, Alison Ross; 10. Ranciere and Politics, Paul Patton; 11. Ranciere and Arendt, Andrew Schaap; 12. Ranciere and History, Dmitri Nikulin; 13. Ranciere and Deleuze/Badiou, Eleanor Kaufmann; Bibliography; Index.
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Review quote

This finely tuned collection of writings from some of the most astute readers of Jacques Ranciere throughout the world not only engages the analytics of his work, but put his insights to work. Ranciere's own contribution - as a reader of his readers - is nothing less than incisive. In short, Deranty and Ross have edited a stellar set of essays that will become a primary source for anyone interested in the singularly unique, multidisciplinary aspects of Ranciere's critical ideas. -- Davide Panagia, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, Co-Editor, Theory & Event, Trent University, Canada This collection of essays is a testament to the breadth and depth of the influence of Ranciere's project to date. Staged as a series of specific interventions into the various fields that he has engaged with-ranging from film theory and aesthetics to history, pedagogy, politics, work and emancipation-it provides the reader with a kaleidoscope of perspectives that appropriately mirrors Ranciere's forceful impact on the contemporary scene. The final essay is a fitting capstone to this important collection since Ranciere himself provides a sustained reflection on his own asystematic work as an idiosyncratic analysis of the work of dissensus that is at one and the same time a performative manifestation thereof. -- Gabriel Rockhill, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University, USA
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About Dr Jean-Philippe Deranty

Jean-Philippe Deranty is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. In addition to his monograph on Axel Honneth (Brill, 2009) he is the editor of the forthcoming volume Jacques Ranciere: Key Concepts (Acumen, July 2010). Alison Ross is Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. She is the author of The Aesthetic Paths of Philosophy (Stanford UP, 2007) and the editor of The Agamben Effect (South Atlantic Quarterly, 2008). To date she has published two essays on the aesthetic themes of Ranciere's work (in Sub-Stance and Theory@ buffalo).
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