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P. M. Bray (dir.), Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism

P. M. Bray (dir.), Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism

Publié le par Université de Lausanne (Source : Patrick Bray)

Compte rendu publié dans Acta fabula (Mai 2018, vol. 19, n°5) : Alain Agnessan, "Rancière Overseas. Why Modernism had to be killed"


Patrick M. Bray (dir.), Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism


The contemporary philosopher Jacques Rancière has become over the last two decades one of the most influential voices in philosophy, political theory, and literary, art historical, and film criticism. His work reexamines the divisions that have defined our understanding of modernity, such as art and politics, representation and abstraction, and literature and philosophy. Working across these divisions, he engages the historical roots of modernism at the end of the eighteenth century, uncovering forgotten texts in the archive that trouble our notions of intellectual history. The contributors to Understanding Rancière, Understanding Modernism engage with the multiplicity of Rancière's thought through close readings of his texts, through comparative readings with other philosophers, and through an engagement with modernist works of art and literature. The final section of the volume includes an extended glossary of the most important terms used by Rancière, which will be a valuable resource for experts and students alike.

Table of contents

Notes on Contributors
Series Preface
List of Abbreviations

Patrick M. Bray, Ohio State University, USA

Part I – Conceptualizing Rancière
1. The Hatred of Democracy and “The Democratic Torrent”: Rancière's Micropolitics
Emily Apter, New York University, USA
2. Rancière's Nineteenth Century: Equality and Recognition in Nights of Labor
Bettina Lerner, City College CUNY, USA
3. The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Intellectual Emancipation in Circular Form
Leon Sachs, University of Kentucky, USA
4. Literature as Rancièrian Film Fable
Margaret C. Flinn, Ohio State University, USA
5. The Emancipated Spectator and Modernism
Cary Hollinshead-Strick, American University of Paris, France
6. Mute Speech: The Silence of Literature in Rancière's Aesthetic Paradigm
Giuseppina Mecchia, University of Pittsburgh, USA
7. Le Fil Perdu: The Music of the Indistinct
David F. Bell, Duke University, USA

Part II – Rancière and Aesthetics
8. A Method of Equality: Rancière, Jokes, and their Relation to They Drive by Night
Tom Conley, Harvard University, USA
9. Feminist Art: Disrupting and Consolidating the Police Order
Tina Chanter, Kingston University London, UK
10. Rancière and Proust: Two Temptations
Suzanne Guerlac, University of California, Berkeley, USA
11. The Conception of the Will in Rancière's Aesthetic Regime of the Arts: Pathos and Reverie in Stendhal, Ibsen and Freud
Alison Ross, Monash University, Australia
12. Dreaming Bourdieu Away: Rancière and the Reinvented Habitus
Marina Van Zuylen, Bard College, USA
13. Rethinking the Aesthetics/Politics Nexus in Latin America
Silvia L. López, Carleton College, USA

Part III – Glossary of Key Terms
Distribution of the Sensible
Daniel Brant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Audrey Évrard, Fordham University, USA
Intellectual Equality
Zakir Paul, University of Chicago, USA
Mute Speech
Alison James, University of Chicago, USA
Regimes of Art
Robert St. Clair, Dartmouth College, USA

Part IV - Interview with Jacques Rancière
'Understanding Modernism, Reconfiguring Disciplinarity,' interview with Rancière
translated by Patrick M. Bray, Ohio State University, USA



“In addition to highlighting the range and influence of Rancière's work, these essays confirm the rigour, richness, and robust critical independence of the responses this work is now inspiring. As a result, this collection not only offers a compelling account of current work around Rancière: it relaunches this work anew.” –  Martin Crowley, Reader in Modern French Thought and Culture, University of Cambridge, UK

“Deviating wisely down the byways of Rancière's writing by attending closely to the textual and conceptual singularity of a significant constellation of hitherto less extensively debated works, this collection does indeed provide invaluable new understanding of his unfailingly productive struggle with modernism. The volume is suffused with that acutely responsive sensitivity to the shifting displacements of his unclassifiable project which Rancière speaks of in the substantial and wide-ranging closing interview.” –  Oliver Davis, Reader in French Studies, University of Warwick, UK

“A cornucopia of some of the best critical minds working in French theory today. It contains a challenging yet highly accessible collection of essays that illuminate the importance of one of the most important theorists of today. Patrick M. Bray has done a masterful job in editing a collection that will have a long shelf life.” –  Lawrence D. Kritzman, John D. Willard Prof of French and Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College, USA