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Figures of History


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The Unforgettable 1. In Front of the Camera Lens 2. Behind the Window 3. The Threshold of the Visible 4. In the Face of Disappearance Senses and Figures of History 1. Of Four Senses of History 2. History and Representation: Three Poetics of Modernity 3. On Three Forms of History Painting Films cited

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Jacques Ranciere is a leading French philosopher and ProfessorEmeritus of Philosophy at the University of Paris-St. Denis. Hismany books include The Politics of Aesthetics, Aesthetics andIts Discontents and The Future of the Image.


"As our world seems to continually move from one catastrophe tothe next without a credible governing leadership, authors likeRanciere... force us to conceive of politicsdifferently." LA Review of Books The equality of all before the light and the inequality ofthe little people as the great pass by are both written on the samephotographic plate. With this sentence, JacquesRanciere effectively aligns his conception of aesthetic theoryas the always antagonistic distribution of the sensible under thesign of the demand for equality with the invention of photography.It is a beautiful and breathtaking conceit in what is, perhaps, themost beautiful of Ranciere s texts. His accounts here ofthe figures of history in photography, film, and painting generally- with dazzling accounts of particular works - expand and deepen his aesthetic theory in intriguing ways.Indeed, I cannot imagine a more inviting entree toRanciere s thinking about art, history and politics thanthis little book." J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

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