The Flesh of Words

9780804740692: Hardback
Release Date: 9th July 2004

9780804740784: Paperback
Release Date: 9th July 2004

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 184

Edition: 1st Edition

Series Atopia: Philosophy, Political Theory, Aesthetics

Stanford University Press

The Flesh of Words

The Politics of Writing

Written by
Jacques Rancière
,
Translated by
Charlotte Mandell
This new collection of challenging literary studies plays with a foundational definition of Western culture: the word become flesh. But the word become flesh is not, or is no longer, a theological already-given. It is a millennial goal or telos toward which each text strives.
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This new collection of challenging literary studies plays with a foundational definition of Western culture: the word become flesh. But the word become flesh is not, or no longer, a theological already-given. It is a millennial goal or telos toward which each text strives.

Both witty and immensely erudite, Jacques Rancière leads the critical reader through a maze of arrivals toward the moment, perhaps always suspended, when the word finds its flesh. That is what he, a valiant and good-humored companion to these texts, goes questing for through seven essays examining a wide variety of familiar and unfamiliar works.

A text is always a commencement, the word setting out on its excursions through the implausible vicissitudes of narrative and the bizarre phantasmagorias of imagery, Don Quixote's unsent letter reaching us through generous Balzac, lovely Rimbaud, demonic Althusser. The word is on its way to an incarnation that always lies ahead of the writer and the reader both, in this anguished democracy of language where the word is always taking on its flesh.

Jacques Rancière is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris VIII. Stanford has also published Rancière's Short Voyages to the Land of the People (2003).