Artaud the Moma


Author: Jacques Derrida

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231543700

Category: Philosophy

Page: 94

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In 1996 Jacques Derrida gave a lecture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on the occasion of Antonin Artaud: Works on Paper, one of the first major international exhibitions to present the avant-garde dramatist and poet's paintings and drawings. Derrida's original title, "Artaud the Moma," is a characteristic play on words. It alludes to Artaud's calling himself Mômo, Marseilles slang for "fool," upon his return to Paris in 1946 after nine years in various asylums, while playing off of the museum's nickname, MoMA. But the title was not deemed "presentable or decent," in Derrida's words, by the very institution that chose to exhibit Artaud's work. Instead, the lecture was advertised as "Jacques Derrida . . . will present a lecture about Artaud's drawings." For Derrida, what was at stake was what it meant for the museum to exhibit Artaud's drawings and for him to lecture on Artaud in that institutional context. Thinking over the performative force of Artaud's work and the relation between writing and drawing, Derrida addresses the multiplicity of Artaud's identities to confront the modernist museum's valorizing of originality. He channels Artaud's specter, speech, and struggle against representation to attempt to hold the museum accountable for trying to confine Artaud within its categories. Artaud the Moma, as lecture and text, reveals the challenge that Artaud posed to Derrida—and to art and its institutional history. A powerful interjection into the museum halls, this work is a crucial moment in Derrida's thought and an insightful, unsparing reading of a challenging writer and artist.

Sense and Finitude

Encounters at the Limits of Language, Art, and the Political


Author: Alejandro A. Vallega

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 1438424906

Category: Philosophy

Page: 222

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Takes Heidegger’s later thought as a point of departure for exploring the boundaries of post-conceptual thinking.


A Biography


Author: Benoit Peeters

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745663028

Category: Philosophy

Page: 700

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This biography of Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) tells the story of a Jewish boy from Algiers, excluded from school at the age of twelve, who went on to become the most widely translated French philosopher in the world – a vulnerable, tormented man who, throughout his life, continued to see himself as unwelcome in the French university system. We are plunged into the different worlds in which Derrida lived and worked: pre-independence Algeria, the microcosm of the École Normale Supérieure, the cluster of structuralist thinkers, and the turbulent events of 1968 and after. We meet the remarkable series of leading writers and philosophers with whom Derrida struck up a friendship: Louis Althusser, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean Genet, and Hélène Cixous, among others. We also witness an equally long series of often brutal polemics fought over crucial issues with thinkers such as Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, John R. Searle, and Jürgen Habermas, as well as several controversies that went far beyond academia, the best known of which concerned Heidegger and Paul de Man. We follow a series of courageous political commitments in support of Nelson Mandela, illegal immigrants, and gay marriage. And we watch as a concept – deconstruction – takes wing and exerts an extraordinary influence way beyond the philosophical world, on literary studies, architecture, law, theology, feminism, queer theory, and postcolonial studies. In writing this compelling and authoritative biography, Benoît Peeters talked to over a hundred individuals who knew and worked with Derrida. He is also the first person to make use of the huge personal archive built up by Derrida throughout his life and of his extensive correspondence. Peeters’ book gives us a new and deeper understanding of the man who will perhaps be seen as the major philosopher of the second half of the twentieth century.

Bianco in Questione


Author: Susan Petrilli

Publisher: Meltemi Editore srl

ISBN: 8883535588

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 489

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Critical Gestures

Writings on Dance and Culture


Author: Ann Daly

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819565660

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 378

View: 542

Collects the far-reaching and influential work of an eminent dance critic and scholar.

The Late Derrida


Author: W. J. Thomas Mitchell,Arnold Ira Davidson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Philosophy

Page: 247

View: 1905

The rubric “The Late Derrida,” with all puns and ambiguities cheerfully intended, points to the late work of Jacques Derrida, the vast outpouring of new writing by and about him in the period roughly from 1994 to 2004. In this period Derrida published more than he had produced during his entire career up to that point. At the same time, this volume deconstructs the whole question of lateness and the usefulness of periodization. It calls into question the “fact” of his turn to politics, law, and ethics and highlights continuities throughout his oeuvre. The scholars included here write of their understandings of Derrida’s newest work and how it impacts their earlier understandings of such classic texts as Glas and Of Grammatology. Some have been closely associated with Derrida since the beginning—both in France and in the United States—but none are Derrideans. That is, this volume is a work of critique and a deep and continued engagement with the thought of one of the most significant philosophers of our time. It represents a recognition that Derrida’s work has yet to be addressed—and perhaps can never be addressed—in its totality.

Poetry in Painting


Author: Helene Cixous

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748649611

Category: Art

Page: 160

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The first book by Helene Cixous on painting and the contemporary arts. These 11 chapters bring together Helene Cixous' writings about specific contemporary artists and artworks. Neither simply 'art criticism' nor critical essays, Cixous responds to these

Antonin Artaud

A Critical Reader


Author: Edward Scheer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136480595

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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This resource collects for the first time some of the best criticism on Artaud's life and work from writers such as Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Maurice Blanchot, Herbert Blau, Leo Bersani and Susan Sontag. Antonin Artaud was one of the most brilliant artists of the twentieth century. His writing influenced entire generations, from the French post-structuralists to the American beatniks. He was a key figure in the European cinema of the 1920s and '30s, and his drawings and sketches have been displayed in some of the major art galleries of the Western world. Possibly best known for his concept of a 'theatre of cruelty', his legacy has been to re-define the possibilities of live performance. Containing some of the most intellectually adventurous and emotionally passionate writings on Artaud, this book is essential reading for Artaud scholars working in arts disciplines including theatre, film, philosophy, literature and fine art.

Annual Bibliography of Modern Art


Author: Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Library

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art, Modern

Page: N.A

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Antonin Artaud

works on paper : October 3, 1996-January 7, 1997, The Museum of Modern Art, New York


Author: Christina Houstian,Antonin Artaud,Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Drawings

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 7

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