Jean-François Lyotard's engagement with art and writing has received relatively little attention among English-speaking scholars, who have traditionally read him as the theoretician of The Postmodern Condition and for the philosophy of the phrase developed through his engagement with Ludwig Wittgenstein in The Differend. This lack of interest is reflected in the paucity of anglophone monographs on this aspect of Lyotard's oeuvre; Geoffrey Bennington's 1988,Lyotard: Writing the Event and Bill Reading's 1991 Introducing Lyotard: Art and Politics are so far the only ones to address these concerns. The scholarship on performance, on the other hand, has hardly gone out of fashion since its boom in the anglophone world during the 1960s, though it has been underappreciated by francophone scholars. Kiff Bamford's long-awaited Lyotard and the “Figural” in Performance, Art, and Writing thus fills a theoretical void and bridges more than one...
Julie Gaillard is a graduate student in French at Emory University. She focuses on critical theory, psychoanalysis, French and German literature, performance arts, and visual arts. In her research she is concerned with a cross-medial investigation of the subject-object relationship that is at stake in the creative act.
Julie Gaillard; Figuring Performance. Cultural Politics 1 July 2013; 9 (2): 233–237. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/17432197-2146194
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