This essay argues that Étienne Balibar, in his essay on Althusser’s dramaturgy, uses the analogy between ideology and theatrical performance to defend the significance of politics as a performance that is anything but free—that is, rather, informed and invested with meaning by its constraints.
The Performance of Poverty: On “Althusser’s Dramaturgy and the Critique of Ideology”
bruce robbins is Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. His latest book is Perpetual War: Cosmopolitanism from the Viewpoint of Violence (Duke University Press, 2012). He is also the director of the documentary film Some of My Best Friends Are Zionists (2013).
Bruce Robbins; The Performance of Poverty: On “Althusser’s Dramaturgy and the Critique of Ideology”. differences 1 November 2015; 26 (3): 107–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/10407391-3340384
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