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Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion
by Philippe-Alain Michaud

Paperback: 402 pages
Publisher: Zone Books,U.S.; New Edition edition (3 April 2007)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1890951404
ISBN-13: 978-1890951405

"This title talks about the purposeful discontinuities and juxtapositions of Aby Warburg's iconography and how it can be used to analyze other imagery. Aby Warburg (1866-1929) is best known as the originator of the discipline of iconology and as the founder of the institute that bears his name. His followers included such celebrated art historians of the twentieth century as Erwin Panofsky, Edgar Wind, and Fritz Saxl. But his heirs developed, for the most part, a domesticated iconology based on the interpretation of symbolic material. As Phillippe-Alain Michaud shows in this important book, Warburg's own project was remote from any positivist or neo-Kantian ambitions. Nourished on the work of Nietzsche and Burckhardt, Warburg fashioned a "critical iconology" to reveal the irrationality of the image in Western culture. Opposing the grand teleological narratives of art inaugurated by Vasari, Warburg's method operated through historical anachronisms and discontinuities. Using "montage-collision" to create textless collections of images, he brought together pagan artifacts and masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance art, ancient Near East astrology and the Lutheran Reformation, Mannerist festivals and the sacred dances of Native Americans. Michaud insists that for Warburg, the practice of art history was the discovery within the art work itself of fracture, contradictions, tensions, and the energies of magic, empathy, totemism, and animism. Challenging normative accounts of Western European classicism, Warburg located the real sources of the Renaissance in the Dionysian spirit, in the expression of movement and dance, in the experience of trance personified in the frenzied nymph or ecstatic maenad. "Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion" is not only a book about Warburg but a book written with him; Michaud uses Warburg's intuitions and discoveries to analyze other categories of imagery, including the daguerreotype, the chronophotography of Etienne-Jules Marey, early cinema, and the dances of Loie Fuller. It will be essential reading for anyone concerned with the origins of modern art history and the visual culture of modernity.

About the Author
Philippe-Alain Michaud is film curator at the Musee national d'art moderne-Centre Georges-Pompidou. He is the author of "Le Peuple des images and and Sketches: Histoire de l'art, cinema"."

Source: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Warburg-Image-Motion-Georges-Didi-Huberman/dp/1890951404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261669420&sr=1-1


The Arcades Project
by W. Benjamin (Author)

Paperback: 1088 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press; New edition edition (25 Mar 2002)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0674008022
ISBN-13: 978-0674008021

"You could spend years trying to read Walter Benjamin's The Arcades Project--after all, he spent much of the last 13 years of his life doing the research. When he committed suicide in 1940, he destroyed his copy of the manuscript, and so for decades the work was believed lost. But another copy turned up, and Howard Eiland and Kevin McLaughlin have translated it into English. It is a complex, fragmentary work--more a series of notes for a book than a book itself--which probes the culture of the Paris arcades (a cross between covered streets and shopping malls) of the mid-19th century and the flaneur ("the man who walks long and aimlessly through the streets" in an "anamnestic intoxication [that]...feeds on the sensory data taking shape before his eyes but often possesses itself of abstract knowledge--indeed, of dead facts--as something experienced and lived through"). The Arcades Project is, frankly, so dense a work that it may be tricky to find enough time to do more than glimpse fleetingly at its sections--over 100 pages of notes on Baudelaire alone!--though one is sure to look forward to the opportunity to peruse it at leisure. --Christine Buttery -

"The Arcades book, whatever our verdict on it - ruin, failure, impossible project - suggests a new way of writing about a civilization, using its rubbish as materials rather than its artworks: history from below rather than from above. And [Benjamin's] call (in the 'Theses') for a history centered on the sufferings of the vanquished, rather than on the achievements of the victors, is prophetic of the way in which history-writing has begun to think of itself in our lifetime." - J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books; "If Benjamin is here staking his claim to a certain afterlife of philosophizing, his Arcades Project may be taken as establishing the conditions... under which philosophy is still possible." - Stanley Cavell, Artforum; "Quite simply, The Arcades Project is one of the twentieth century's greatest efforts of historical comprehension - some would say the greatest... By and large, the edition is a heroic achievement." - T. J. Clark, author of Farewell to an Idea; "We will be feasting on Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project for years to come... By any standard, the appearance of this long-awaited work is a towering literary event... The Arcades Project surpasses its legend. It captures the relationship between a writer and a city in a form as richly developed as those presented in the great cosmopolitan novels of Proust, Joyce, Musil, and Isherwood." - Herbert Muschamp, New York Times "

Source: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arcades-Project-W-Benjamin/dp/0674008022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261668909&sr=1-1

The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life
by Justin Clemens (Author, Editor), Nicholas Heron (Editor), Alex Murray (Editor)
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (24 Oct 2008)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0748634622
ISBN-13: 978-0748634620
"More than any other thinker, Giorgio Agamben shows us that philosophy is also a matter of style and politics a matter of poetics. This book explores the unexpected and illuminating paths that his work traces across the territories of law and literature, linguistics, dance or cinema, in search of a new idea and practice of the community. It offers an irreplaceable introduction to one of the most fascinating thinkers of our time. " Jacques Rancière "Giorgio Agamben has emerged, in the past five years, as one of the most important continental philosophers. This burgeoning popularity of his work has largely been confined to a study of the homo sacer series. Yet these later 'political' works have their foundation in Agamben's earlier works on the philosophy of language, aesthetics and literature. From a philosophy of language and linguistics that leads to a broader theory of representation, Agamben develops a critical theory that attempts to explore the hiatuses and paradoxes that govern discursive practice across a broad range of disciplines. Gathering some of the most important established and emerging scholars to examine his body of work, this collection of essays seeks to explore Agamben's thought from these broader philosophical and literary concerns, underpinning its place within larger debates in continental philosophy. This volume will be a valuable addition to the understanding and reception of this major thinker. Including a contribution by Agamben himself makes it essential reading for anyone interested in his work.Features: * the first volume to focus on Agamben's early work on language and literature * includes established as well as up-and-coming scholars working in a variety of disciplines * includes a contribution by Agamben himself."

Source: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Work-Giorgio-Agamben-Literature-Life/dp/0748634622/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261668357&sr=1-1


Nietzsche and the Metaphysics of the Tragic
(Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers) (Paperback)
by Nuno Nabais

Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group - Mansell (23 Nov 2006)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0826466788
ISBN-13: 978-0826466785

"This work offers a concise and historicized analysis of the development of Nietzsche's thought on the subject of tragedy. In this important and hugely profound book, Nuno Nabais, a leading figure in Nietzsche Studies, provides a cogent and comprehensive survey of the development of Nietzsche's thought on the subject of tragedy and as such examines the central problems of Nietzsche's philosophy. The book offers an extensive reconstruction of the subject of tragedy and the problem of the sublime in aesthetics that brings to the fore the central role of Nietzsche's work in this key area of philosophy. Nabais explores the differences between the theory of the sublime in the thought of Nietzsche, Kant, Fichte and Schopenhauer and in this way presents an important introduction to Nietzsche's position in the philosophical tradition. In particular, Nabais concentrates on the problem of individuality and the conception of necessity in Nietzsche's thought. Nabais displays an enviable knowledge of Nietzsche's work and his position in the philosophical tradition. His reading of Nietzsche is thorough and highly original. This is an important book for students and academics of Nietzsche Studies and in the areas of Aesthetics, Ethics and Epistemology."

About the Author
Nuno Nabais is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Source: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nietzsche-Metaphysics-Contemporary-European-Thinkers/dp/0826466788/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261667862&sr=1-2

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