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Edited by Anthony Uhlmann, Sjef Houppermans and Bruno Clément

After Beckett / D’après Beckett (edited by Anthony Uhlmann / Sydney; Sjef Houppermans / Leiden and Bruno Clément / Paris) constitutes a collection of over 40 articles selected from contributions to the Sydney Symposium of January 2003 that – as a part of an International Sydney Festival – was one of the major events related to Samuel Beckett of the last decade.
The three sections of the book reflect the most vibrant fields of research in Beckett studies today: “Intertextuality and Theory”, “Philosophy and Theory” and “Textual Genesis, Contextual Genesis and Language”. Scholars from all over the world participating in this collection testify to the durable and universal nature of interest in Beckett’s work.

After Beckett / D’après Beckett (édité par Anthony Uhlmann / Sydney; Sjef Houppermans / Leiden et Bruno Clément / Paris) constitue une collection de plus de 40 articles présentant une sélection parmi les contributions au Colloque International de Sydney qui a eu lieu en janvier 2003 dans le cadre du Festival International de Sydney. Cette réunion a été l’un des événements majeurs de ce début du troisième millénaire pour ce qui concerne les études beckettiennes.
Les trois sections du recueil reflètent les champs d’intérêt les plus importants de la critique beckettienne actuelle: “Intertextualité et confluence”, “Philosophie et Théorie” et “Genèse textuelle, Genèse contextuelle et Langage”. Des universitaires du monde entier ont participé à ce livre et témoignent ainsi de l’intérêt universel et durable de l’œuvre de Samuel Beckett

Discern(e)ments

Deleuzian Aesthetics / Esthétiques deleuziennes

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Edited by Joost de Bloois, Sjef Houppermans and Frans-Willem Korsten

A bilingual collection of essays on the aesthetics of Gilles Deleuze, Discern(e)ments highlights what is at stake in Deleuzian philosophy of art. It traces the reception of Deleuzian thought in a broad range of disciplines and gauges its use-value in each of them. Following the dynamics between structure and becoming that punctuates Deleuzian aesthetics, Discern(e)ments sketches and erases boundaries between methods and traditions in philosophy and art theory, as well as in literary, performance and film studies. Offering both numerous case-studies as well as theoretical outlines, Discern(e)ments engages faculties, disciplines and criticisms not in a mere exchange of points of view, but in heterogenesis mapping out further discernments in Deleuzian aesthetics.

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Edited by Mireille Ribière and Jan Baetens

This volume focuses on the relationship between time, narrative and the fixed image. As such, it highlights renewed interest in the temporality of the fixed image, probably one of the most important trends in the formal and semiotic analysis of visual media in the past decade.
The various essays discuss paintings, the illustrated covers of books, comics or graphic novels, photo-stories, postcards, television and video art, as well as aesthetic practices that defy categorization such as Chris Marker’s masterpiece La Jetée. The range of works and practices examined is reflected in the different theoretical approaches and methods used, with an emphasis on semiology and narratology, and, to a lesser extent, aesthetics and psychoanalysis. The interest of this book, however, does not stem exclusively from the range and scope of the artefacts examined, or the methodological issues that are addressed; its fundamental importance rests in the contributors’ readiness to question the differentiation between fixed and moving images which all too often provides a convenient, if not altogether convincing, starting point for image analysis. .
The originality and value of the contribution that Time, Narrative and the Fixed Image/Temps, Narration et image fixe makes to the body of theoretical writing on visual media lies in this challenging and comprehensive approach.

The Inner Scar

The Mysticism of Georges Bataille

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Andrew Hussey

Since his death in 1962, Georges Bataille has acquired the status of one of the most influential thinkers of the age. The fact that this reputation has been established by the likes of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva and Philippe Sollers appears to confirm Bataille as a precursor of the postmodernist condition.
Few contemporary accounts of Bataille's thought have however engaged with those aspects of his thinking which are influenced by his interest in mysticism. This is an omission which is all the more striking given that Bataille considered his thought to be not only opposite to all philosophical traditions originating in the Enlightenment but also a form of speculation intricately related to the religious exigencies of the Christian Medieval period. This book presents the first major study in English of how Bataille's 'mystical' practices and texts interact with the outer worlds of politics, social relations and externalised discourse which Bataille sets up as the antipodes of his 'inner experience.' From this starting point, Andrew Hussey argues that the inner experience of limits in Bataille's work, the movement which he terms 'transgression', is, unlike the textual drams cherished by his postmodernist admirers, a non-metaphorical, even visceral event.