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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; Reprint edition (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844677613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844677610
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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In this follow-up to his fruitful The Future of the Image, French philosopher Rancière argues forcefully against familiar critiques of the 'spectacle' ... This persuasive argument is fleshed out through close readings of art, ­photography, literature and video installation, and a drily amusing analysis of leftwing 'melancholy' and 'rightwing frenzy' in critiques of ­capitalism. --Steven Poole, Guardian

Ranciere's writings offer one of the few conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist. --Slavoj Zizek

The Emancipated Spectator is intended to improve our comprehension of art and deepen our grasp of the politics of perception ... [it has an] impressive concern with the political analysis of art and the use of imagery. --Times Higher Education

About the Author

JACQUES RANCIERE is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People and The Nights of Labor.


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This is a thought-provoking book made of a collection of essays already published elsewhere for the most part.

The different essays are
1. The Emancipated Spectator, 1
on the status of the spectator in front of the artwork, be it either theatrical or visual, and the relation between engaged scholarship and the people.

2. The Misadventures of Critical Thought, 25
a reflexive argument on the aftermath of the left-wing thinking on contemporary consumer society and the theory of the society of spectacle.

3. Aesthetic Separation, Aesthetic Community, 51
on the political dimension of aesthetics and artistic practice.

4. The Intolerable Image, 83
on the very concept, discussing in particular the argument about Didi-Huberman's analysis of concentration camps' photographs, and pictures of wartime and famines in Martha Rosler's and Alfredo Jaar's work.

5. The Pensive Image, 107
on the idea, the relation of the spectator to the work, in particular, the photographic work, and the making of sense.
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As expected... challenging.
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fascinating
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