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Thinking - Resisting - Reading the Political

Current Perspectives on Politics and Communities in the Arts Vol. 2

This volume contrasts a number of recently suggested concepts of the political – each of which connects to certain instances of art and literature in its discourse – with questions concerning the rigidity of those connections: How strongly do such claims to politics depend on their specific examples, what is the scope of their validity to understand art with regard to politics, and how can they help us grasp the political within other pieces of art? In each case, manners of thinking concepts of the political, the mutual resistance of such concepts and their academic treatment, and the turn towards specific readings informed by those concepts converge.

The essays collected in “Thinking Resistances. Current Perspectives on Politics, Community, and Art“ engage with political phenomena in their interrelations with arts as well as with recent theoretical and philosophical perspectives on the very meaning of politics, the political, and community.

332 pages | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 | © 2013


Philosophy: General Philosophy, Political Philosophy


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Table of Contents

Anneka Esch-van Kan, Stephan Packard, Philipp Schulte: Politics and Aesthetics: Introduction

Stephan Packard: Thinking – Introduction

Maria Muhle: From the Plebs to the Demos: Two Notions of Political Subjectification

Chantal Mouffe: Democratic Politics in the Age of Post-Fordism

Josef Früchtl: As If We Could Trust: Fiction and Aesthetics of the Political

Dieter Mersch: The Political and the Violent: On Resistances

Friedrich Balke: All in Good Time? Fiction and the Possibility of Historic Events

Jacques Rancière: Doing or Not Doing: Politics, Aesthetics, Performance

Anneka Esch-van Kan: Resisting – Introduction

Judith Butler: Ethical Ambivalence

Frank Ruda: Thinking Politics Concretely: Negation, Affirmation, and the Dialectics of Dialectics and Non-Dialectics

Simon Critchley: Is Utopianism Dead?

Jon McKenzie: Abu Ghraib and the Society of the Spectacle of the Scaffold

Anneka Esch-van Kan: "Torture Chicks" – Resistance and the Political in Coco Fusco’s "A Room of One’s Own" and "A Field Guide for Female Interrogators"

Andreas Hetzel: "Prendre la parole": Voices of Resistance in Contemporary Theory

Anneka Esch-van Kan, Philipp Schulte: Reading – Introduction

Armen Avanessian: Reading Political Theories (not) Reading: Towards a Contemporary Realism of Reference

Wim Peeters: Contesting "the Democratic Chattering of the Letter": Politics of Commentary in 20th Century Literature

Juliane Rebentisch: Realism Today: Art, Politics, and the Critique of Representation

Nikolaus Müller-Schöll: "Plus d’un rôle": Playing Together in Contemporary Dance, Theatre, and Performance

Philipp Schulte: Alternative Genealogies – Critique and Style in Contemporary Performance Art:. Xavier Le Roy and Mamoru Iriguchi

Stephen Packard: Why are Story Arcs Dark and Gritty? On the Metaphysics of Seriality in "Dexter" and Kammerer

Gabriel Rockhill: Critical Reflections on the Ontological Illusion: Rethinking the Relation between Art and Politics

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