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Rhapsody For The Theatre

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For Alain Badiou, theatre—unlike cinema—is the place for the staging of a truly emancipatory collective subject. In this sense theatre is, of all the arts, the one strictly homologous to politics: both theatre and politics depend on a limited set of texts or statements, collectively enacted by a group of actors or militants, which put a limit on the excessive power of the ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Verso (first published January 1st 2013)
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Michael Meeuwis
Mar 15, 2014 Michael Meeuwis rated it it was ok
Kind of a flimsy little collection of what feels like Badiou's b-material, at best. The central idea is that theater presents in the moment some version of an eternal Idea; and, further, that the precariousness of this construction allows interpreting social groups (publics, I think is the more jargon-y) word to form around this act of interpretation. So, theater is the art form that is closet to politics--or how politics should be, according to Badiou, which is to say closer to an anarchism ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Phillip rated it liked it
In this book Badiou does that thing I think philosophers often do just as a little joke for themselves. The essay "Rhapsody for the Theatre" is really difficult to follow (I got bits and pieces of it, but much of it is vague, abstract, and confusing), but then the second essay "Philosophy and Theatre" covers much of the same ground in a much more concise and clear form. Whereas the "Rhapsody" is meditative and disjointed, moving seemingly at random across points rather than developing a coherent ...more
Feb 21, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
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This collection is cobbled together from a variety of sources (a foreword for a collection of theatre pieces, and introduction to his own play, etc.). Yet it has a coherent and powerful core idea, which is that the theatre matters and must be preserved and engaged.

The first piece in the book is the most difficult, but also shows Badiou at his playful best. He introduces an interlocutor, The Empiricist, along the way, to talk back to some of his bolder claims. These mini-dialogues do a nice job o
Apr 15, 2016 Jonfaith rated it liked it
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So Alain Badiou is a playwright as well as a philosopher? I wouldn't have guessed at such, would've likely bet against the possibility. What do I know? I'm sitting in Atlanta pecking away on a small screen. Rhapsody is actually six pieces spanning 15 years and apparently at least 4 plays, all the while composing Being and Event and other dense polemics. Badiou states his argument that upper-case Theatre is linked inextricably with the State. It's performative immediacy allows a certain truth to ...more
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Alain Badiou, Ph.D., born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS. Alain Badiou was a student at the École Normale Supérieure in the 1950s. He taught at the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department. He continues to teach a popular seminar at the ...more
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