Arts of Impoverishment

This book shows how such crippling moves may signal a profoundly original - and profoundly anti-modernist - renunciation of art's authority.


Author: Leo Bersani


ISBN: UOM:39015047562510

Category: Art

Page: 229

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Why taunt and flout us, as Beckett's writing does? Why discourage us from seeing, as Mark Rothko's paintings often can? Why immobilize and daze us, as Alain Resnais' films sometimes will? Why, Leo Bersnai and Ulysse Dutoit ask, would three acknowledged masters of their media make work deliberately opaque and inhospitable to an audience? This book shows how such crippling moves may signal a profoundly original - and profoundly anti-modernist - renunciation of art's authority.

World Spectators

Albert Skira ( Geneva : Editions d'Art , 1970 ) , p . 114 ) , which the English translator renders an ... In Arts of Impoverishment , Bersani and Dutoit stress the second kind of communication of forms ( see especially p . 6 ) .


Author: Kaja Silverman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804738327

Category: Philosophy

Page: 177

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Combining phenomenology and psychoanalysis in highly innovative ways, this book seeks to undo the binary opposition between appearance and Being that has been in place since Plato’s parable of the cave. It is, essentially, an essay on what could be called “world love,” the possibility and necessity for psychic survival of a profound and vital erotic investment by a human being in the cosmic surround. Here, the author takes her cue from Freud’s assertion that the “loss of reality” associated with psychosis is a function of a disturbance not in the capacity to reason or perceive, but rather in the capacity for world love, the libidinal and semiotic circuity by means of which such love actualizes itself. In an implicit challenge to poststructuralist thought, the author claims that this love is always in response to a call issued by the world—that the world has, as it were, a vocation: its beauty ought to be seen. We must think of our own being-in-the world as a response to a primordial calling out to respond to this beauty. We are, the author suggests, at the very core of our being, summoned to what she terms world spectatorship. Drawing on Heidegger’s phenomenological elaboration of care as the being distinctive of human being and the primarily Lacanian conceptualization of the language of desire specific to each human subject, this metapsychology of love attempts to integrate issues in the fields of psychoanalysis, philosophy, visual culture, art history, and literary and film studies.

Contingent Figure

Bersani and Dutoit, Arts of Impoverishment, 99. 86. Bersani and Dutoit, Forms of Being, 147. 87. Bersani and Dutoit, Forms of Being, 147. 88. Bersani and Dutoit, Arts of Impoverishment, 149. 89. Bersani and Dutoit, Arts of ...


Author: Michael D. Snediker

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452965291

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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A masterful synthesis of literary readings and poetic reflections, making profound contributions to our understanding of chronic pain At the intersection of queer theory and disability studies, acclaimed theorist Michael D. Snediker locates something unexpected: chronic pain. Starting from this paradigm-shifting insight, Snediker elaborates a bracing examination of the phenomenological peculiarity of disability, articulating a complex idiom of figuration as the lived substance of pain’s quotidian. This lexicon helps us differently inhabit both the theoretical and phenomenal dimensions of chronic pain and suffering by illuminating where these modes are least distinguishable. Suffused with fastidious close readings, and girded by a remarkably complex understanding of phenomenal experience, Contingent Figure resides in the overlap between literary theory and lyric experiment. Snediker grounds his exploration of disability and chronic pain in dazzling close readings of Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, and many others. Its juxtaposition of these readings with candid autobiographical accounts makes Contingent Figure an exemplary instance of literary theory as a practice of lyric attention. Thoroughly rigorous and anything but predictable, this stirring inquiry leaves the reader with a rich critical vocabulary indebted to the likes of Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, D. O. Winnicott, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. A master class in close reading’s inseparability from the urgency of lived experience, this book is essential for students and scholars of disability studies, queer theory, formalism, aesthetics, and the radical challenge of Emersonian poetics across the long American nineteenth century.

Time and Trace Multidisciplinary Investigations of Temporality

In their aesthetic critique Arts of Impoverishment: Beckett, Rothko, Resnais, Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit discuss their experience in the chapel space. Their interpretation of the chapel as both an artwork and a place of meditation ...


Author: Sabine Gross

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004315723

Category: Science

Page: 320

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Scholars in the arts, the humanities, and the sciences offer a multi-faceted investigation of the fundamental human experience of temporality—from reproductive politics and temporal logic to music and theater, from law to sustainability, from memory to the Vikings.

The Philosophical Baroque

... could be thought of as an attempted compensation for the unlocatability of identities [...].29 Certainly in the artistic world of ... 28 Arts of Impoverishment, 68. 29 Arts of Impoverishment, 76. 30 Arts of Impoverishment, 84.


Author: Erik S. Roraback

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004339859

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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In The Philosophical Baroque, Erik Roraback brings a fresh, interdisciplinary eye to a selection of texts from across modernity’s four hundred years—from the explosive energy of the early seventeenth century to the spectacle society of the present.

Reclaiming John Steinbeck

69 Leo Bersani and Ulysse Dutoit, Arts of Impoverishment: Beckett, Rothko, Resnais (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993), 17. 70 Bersani and Dutoit, Arts of Impoverishment, 86, 24, 27. 71 Quayson, Aesthetic Nervousness, 54–85.


Author: Gavin Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108844123

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 262

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A reevaluation of John Steinbeck exploring his timely interests in climate change, ecology, and social injustice.

Democracy s Spectacle

I'll use a term borrowed from Ulysse Dutoit and Leo Bersani —“inexact replications”—to describe the relationship between these figures (see Bersani and Dutoit, Arts of Impoverishment). 16. The herb-doctor specifically diagnoses Fry as ...


Author: Jennifer Greiman

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 9780823231010

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

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"What is the hangman but a servant of law? And what is that law but an expression of public opinion? And if public opinion be brutal and thou a component part thereof, art thou not the hangman's accomplice?" Writing in 1842, Lydia Maria Child articulates a crisis in the relationship of democracy to sovereign power that continues to occupy political theory today. Is sovereignty, with its reliance on singular and exceptional power, fundamentally inimical to democracy? Or might a more fully realized democracy distribute, share, and popularize sovereignty, thus blunting its exceptional character and its basic violence? In Democracy's Spectacle, Jennifer Greiman looks to an earlier moment in the history of American democracy's vexed interpretation of sovereignty to argue that such questions about the popularization of sovereign power shaped debates about political belonging and public life in the antebellum United States. In an emergent democracy that was also an expansionist slave society, Greiman argues, the problems that sovereignty posed were less concerned with a singular and exceptional power lodged in the state than with a power over life and death that involved all Americans intimately. Drawing on Alexis de Tocqueville's analysis of the sovereignty of the people in Democracy in America, along with work by Gustave de Beaumont, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville, Greiman tracks the crises of sovereign power as it migrates out of the state to become a constitutive feature of the public sphere. Greiman brings together literature and political theory, as well as materials on antebellum performance culture, antislavery activism, and penitentiary reform, to argue that the antebellum public sphere, transformed by its empowerment, emerges as a spectacle with investments in both punishment and entertainment.

How Sondheim Found His Sound

See Leo Bersani , Arts of Impoverishment : Beckett , Rothko , Resnais ( Cambridge : Harvard University Press , 1993 ) , 204 . 57. Monaco , Alain Resnais , 169 . 58. Douchet , French New Wave , 238. He does not identify the other two .


Author: Steve Swayne

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472032291

Category: Music

Page: 315

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“Steve Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound is a fascinating treatment and remarkable analysis of America’s greatest playwright in song. His marvelous text goes a long way toward placing Stephen Sondheim among the towering artists of the late twentieth century!” —Cornel West, Princeton University “Sondheim’s career and music have never been so skillfully dissected, examined, and put in context. With its focus on his work as composer, this book is surprising and welcome.” —Theodore S. Chapin, President and Executive Director, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization “. . . an intriguing ‘biography’ of the songwriter’s style. . . . Swayne is to be congratulated for taking the study of this unique composer/lyricist into hitherto unnavigated waters.” —Stage Directions “The research is voluminous, as are the artistry and perceptiveness. Swayne has lived richly within the world of Sondheim’s music.” —Richard Crawford, author of America’s Musical Life: A History “Amid the ever-more-crowded bookshelf of writings on Sondheim, Swayne’s analysis of Sondheim’s development as a composer stands up as a unique and worthy study. . . . For the Sondheim aficionados, there are new ideas and new information, and for others, Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound will provide an intriguing introduction into the mind of arguably the greatest and most influential living Broadway composer.” — “What a fascinating book, full of insights large and small. An impressive analysis and summary of Sondheim’s many sources of inspiration. All fans of the composer and lovers of Broadway in general will treasure and frequently refer to Swayne’s work.” —Tom Riis, Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center, University of Colorado Stephen Sondheim has made it clear that he considers himself a “playwright in song.” How he arrived at this unique appellation is the subject of How Sondheim Found His Sound—an absorbing study of the multitudinous influences on Sondheim’s work. Taking Sondheim’s own comments and music as a starting point, author Steve Swayne offers a biography of the artist’s style, pulling aside the curtain on Sondheim’s creative universe to reveal the many influences—from classical music to theater to film—that have established Sondheim as one of the greatest dramatic composers of the twentieth century.

Collective Creativity

Collaborative Work in the Sciences, Literature and the Arts Gerhard Fischer, Florian Vassen ... is the absolute inverse of that described for Mark Rothko in Bersani and Dutoit's magnificent study The Arts of Impoverishment (2004).12 The ...


Author: Gerhard Fischer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042032743

Category: Academic-industrial collaboration

Page: 368

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Collective Creativity combines complex and ambivalent concepts. While OCycreativityOCO is currently experiencing an inflationary boom in popularity, the term OCycollectiveOCO appeared, until recently, rather controversial due to its ideological implications in twentieth-century politics. In a world defined by global cultural practice, the notion of collectivity has gained new relevance. This publication discusses a number of concepts of creativity and shows that, in opposition to the traditional ideal of the individual as creative genius, cultural theorists today emphasize the collaborative nature of creativity; they show that OCycreativity makes alterity, discontinuity and difference attractiveOCO. Not the Romantic Originalgenie, but rather the agents of the OCycreative economyOCO appear as the new avant-garde of aesthetic innovation: teams, groups and collectives in business and science, in art and digital media who work together in networking clusters to develop innovative products and processes. In this book, scholars in the social sciences and in cultural and media studies, in literature, theatre and visual arts present for the first time a comprehensive, inter- and transdisciplinary account of collective creativity in its multifaceted applications. They investigate the intersections of artistic, scientific and cultural practice where the individual and the collective merge, come together or confront each other."

The Habit of Lying

21 16 Bersani and Dutoit , Arts of Impoverishment , 26 . 17 Ibid . , 62 . 18 Ibid . , 62 . 19 Ibid . , 63 . 20 Their omission of any reference to Girard's theory makes it difficult to provide any succinct hypothesis as to their relation ...


Author: John Vignaux Smyth

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822328216

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 245

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DIVAn investigation of deceit and concealment that proposes a new theory of fiction, both as a new genre of literature and as a strategy in the social world./div