Anselm Jappe: Guy Debord translated into English by Donald Nicholson-Smith with assistance from the author (University of California Press ). Anselm Jappe offers a powerful corrective to the continual attempts to incorporate Debord’s theoretical work into “French theory.” Jappe’s focus. Anselm Jappe • Translator: Donald Nicholson-Smith This is the first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International .
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This English language edition kappe the book has been revised by the author and features an updated critical bibliography of Debord and the Situationists. Request removal from index. Political writing is always instrumental as well as utopian. They did not need to invent a political language — still less to wrest the possibility of one from a surrounding farrago of lies and soundbites.
Those names lead me finally to Debord’s hostility to the very idea of “representation,” which everyone these days except Jappe is supposed to think the weirdest and most naive part of his world-view. Trivia About Guy Debord.
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Anselm Jappe was born in Bonn in Do they not lead us inevitably back to a Rousseau-and-Lukacs realm of transparency and face-to-faceness, and therefore usher in a politics of purity and purging to match?
George-Icaros Babassakis rated it really liked it Jul 25, It is a remarkable story of survival through self-determination, energy, courage, loyalty, and hope. At the same time, Debord is placed squarely in context among the Letterist and Situationist anti-artists who, in the aftermath of World War II, sought to criticize and transcend the legacy of Dada and Surrealism.
He studied in Paris and Rome where he obtained, respectively, a master’s and then a doctorate degree in philosophy. Raoul Vaneigem Sometimes playful or poetic, always provocative, Raoul Vaneigem offers fifty-seven rights with commentary, written in the highest idiom of subversive utopianism. Only sometimes writing has to reconcile itself to the idea that its time of instrumentality—its time as a weapon—lies a little in the future.
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They had seen the imagery and argumentation taken up in actual political practice, by despots and revolutionaries, and put to the test of reality. His close reading of Debord’s magnum opus is unique debbord the great flood of writing on the Situationists in recent decades. However, Jappe not only adopts a plodding approach to his subject, he simultaneously fails to be thorough about it.
Lists with This Book. Books by Anselm Jappe. That never quite seems to happen. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Debord has got a somewhat undeserved reputation for having an impenetrable and complex writing style—a myth which Jappe goes a long way towards refuting by examining the major concepts in Society of the Spectacle and other works, and putting them in the context of a wider historical basis and in uappe of the Jpape as a whole.
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Foreword to Anselm Jappe’s bio of Guy Debord
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And there is no “like” about it a lot of the time: For a start, part of the work on the language Debord was involved in turns on an agonized, and deeply funny running-battle with the notions of mastery and Frenchness lurking in the phrase above — “mastery” equalling “Frenchness,” which in turns equals clarity, authority, classical balance, skeptical levity, etc. In his youth he was a member of the Situationist International —67 in Paris and a comrade-in-arms of Guy Debord.
Only sometimes writing has to reconcile itself to the idea that its time of instrumentality — its time as a weapon — lies a little in the future.
Find it on Scholar. The questions are these. Thus, where Marx in the s supposed that the working class would have to be excluded from the bourgeoisie and that the crisis of capitalism would arise from the shortcomings of the commodity form, by the s it appeared that crisis had come instead from the total VICTORY of the commodity form and from the absorption of the proletariate and his consciousness INTO the bourgeoisie and its commodified form.
This is not a brilliant book like Plant’sbut is sturdy and has utility. Overall a very good study on Debord’s writings and thoughts on the structure of contemporary society.
Michael Shreve This is more than an historical document about the anarchist movement and the penal colony. This English language edition of the book has eebord revised by the author and features an updated critical bibliography of Debord and the Situationists. Review quote “A clear-headed account.
He understands nothing of the Situationist International deboed a collective project, in short he knows nothing of communism — and thus it comes as no surprise jape his wretched fan-letter to a dead man is just another worthless commodity which announces its own obsolescence on the final page: Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.
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