In Praise of Theatre

In Praise of Theatre

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In Praise of Theatre is Alain Badiou's latest work on the `most complete of the arts,' the theatrical stage. This book, certain to be of great interest to scholars and theatre practitioners alike, elaborates the theory of the theatre developed by Badiou in works such as Rhapsody for the Theatre and the `Theses on Theatre' and enquires into the status of a theatre that would be adequate to our `contemporary, market-oriented chaos.' In a departure from his usual emphasis upon canonical figures of the stage such as Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett, Badiou devotes In Praise of Theatre largely to a consideration of contemporary practitioners, including Jan Fabre, Brigitte Jacques and Romeo Castellucci. In addition, the book features an incisive analysis of the precarious status of the theatre today, in which Badiou describes not only the current threats to the theatre from the right, but the far more insidious threat from the left.show more

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745687001

Table of contents

Contents Alain Badiou and the untimely stage: translator?s introduction by Andrew Bielski 1. Defense of an endangered art 2. Theatre and philosophy, story of an old couple 3. Between dance and cinema 4. Political stages 5. The place of the spectator Translator?s notes Indexshow more

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"A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!" Slavoj ?i?ek "Scarcely any other moral philosopher of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda." Terry Eagleton "One of the most important philosophers writing today." Joan Copjec "An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser." "New Statesman" "A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!" Slavoj ?i?ek "Scarcely any other moral philosopher of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda." Terry Eagleton "One of the most important philosophers writing today." Joan Copjec "An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser." New Statesman -A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!- Slavoj ?i?ek -Scarcely any other moral philosopher of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda.- Terry Eagleton -One of the most important philosophers writing today.- Joan Copjec -An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser.- New Statesmanshow more

About Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou is a writer, philosopher and an Emeritus Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris Nicolas Truong is a writer and journalist and a regular contributor to Le Monde Author 1 Alain Badiou is a writer, philosopher and an Emeritus Professor at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris Author 2 Nicolas Truong is a writer and journalist and a regular contributor to Le Mondeshow more

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