Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics brings together some of Jacques Ranciere's most recent writings on art and politics to show the critical potential of two of his most important concepts: the aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics.
In this fascinating collection, Ranciere engages in a radical critique of some of his major contemporaries on questions of art and politics: Gilles Deleuze, Antonio Negri, Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou and Jacques Derrida. The essays show how Ranciere's ideas can be used to analyse contemporary trends in both art and politics, including the events surrounding 9/11, war in the contemporary consensual age, and the ethical turn of aesthetics and politics. Ranciere elaborates new directions for the concepts of politics and communism, as well as the notion of what a 'politics of art' might be.
This important collection includes several essays that have never previously been published in English, as well as a brand new afterword. Together these essays serve as a superb introduction to the work of one of the world's most influential contemporary thinkers.
Jacques Ranciere taught at the University of Paris VIII, France, from 1969 to 2000, occupying the Chair of Aesthetics and Politics from 1990 until his retirement. Steven Corcoran is a writer and translator living in Berlin. He has edited and/or translated several works by Jacques Ranciere, including Dissensus (Continuum, 2010) and A Lost Thread (Bloomsbury, forthcoming) and two works by Alain Badiou, Polemics (2006) and Conditions (Continuum, 2008).
Acknowledgements Editor's Introduction Part I: The Aesthetics of Politics 1. Ten Theses on Politics 2. Does Democracy Mean Something? 3. Who is the Subject of the Rights of Man? 4. Communism: From Actuality to Inactuality 5. The People or the Multitudes? 6. Biopolitics or Politics? 7. September 11 and Afterwards: A Rupture in the Symbolic Order? 8. Of War as the Supreme Form of Advanced Plutocratic Consensus Part II: The Politics of Aesthetics 9. The Aesthetic Revolution and its Outcomes 10. The Paradoxes of Political Art 11. The Politics of Literature 12. The Monument and its Confidences; or Deleuze and Art's Capacity of 'Resistance' 13. The Ethical Turn of Aesthetics and Politics Part III: Response to Critics 14. The Use of Distinctions Notes Index