Matters of Time: Material Temporalities in Twentieth-Century French Culture by Lisa JeschkeMatters of Time: Material Temporalities in Twentieth-Century French Culture by Lisa Jeschke

Matters of Time: Material Temporalities in Twentieth-Century French Culture

EditorLisa Jeschke, Adrian May

Paperback | October 22, 2014

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Matters of Time provides an unorthodox array of perspectives on materialist thought and representation in twentieth-century French intellectual culture. Time is figured as the quintessential revolutionary concept, through key historical moments from Jean Jaurès’ orientation of the socialists at the turn of the century to the inter-generational conflict and politicization of everyday life in May ’68. Essays on dialectics and theories of teleological progress are placed side by side with accounts of the existential turn in Marxist thought in France. Contributions on Heidegger and Sartre inject meditations on human mortality into considerations of a new politics of finitude. The volume also emphasizes the inseparability of aesthetic and political thought for the French avant-gardes: chapters on Sade, Artaud and Jarry place Marx’s theories of production and commodity fetishism into contact with bodily abjection. The manipulation of time in cinema and matter in painting are examined as a testament to the twentieth century as a period of continuing experimental tension between form and signification. Generational futurity is explored through Genet’s spatial representations of filiation and Verlaine’s proto-ecological attunement to nature. The volume as a whole constructs a necessarily fragmented timeline of the breaks, tensions and antagonisms in twentieth-century French thought, culture and politics, with particular focus on questions of late capitalism and political, intellectual and aesthetic progress and regress.
Lisa Jeschke is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on late modernist poetry and theatricality. She is co-editor at Materials, a small press that publishes poetry and critical thought. Adrian May is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge. His thesis uses the contemporary French intelle...
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Title:Matters of Time: Material Temporalities in Twentieth-Century French CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.86 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:October 22, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034317964

ISBN - 13:9783034317962

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Table of Contents

Contents: Lisa Jeschke/Adrian May: Matters of Time: Introduction – Alexandra Paulin-Booth: A Period of Transition: Political Time in the Work of Jean Jaurès – Lisa Jeschke: To Refuse to Imagine: Simone Weil’s Materialism – Daniel Poitras: Time Matters: The Mouvement du 22 mars and the Dawn of May ’68 – Andrew Otway: Rhythmanalysis and Bertin’s Les Heures Marseillaises – George Tomlinson: Totalisation, Temporalisation and History: Marx and Sartre – Adrian May: A Meteorology of the Times: Bataille, Blanchot, Lignes and the Twentieth Century – Martin Crowley: Existence - Politics / Exposure - Sacrifice – David Grundy: What’s the Matter with Antonin Artaud? Or, Why the Soul is a Pile of Shit – Rye Holmboe: Merdre – Jessica Stacey: ‘Doing Time’: Bastille Martyrs/ Modern Saints – Jennifer Johnson: Surface Matters: Georges Rouault’s Materiality – Louis Daubresse: Quand l’endroit du temps rencontre son envers au cinéma: une dialectique des opposés – Christina Chalmers: Frank O’Hara’s Anti-Cocteau Movement – Joanna Brueton: A Stitch in Time: Temporal Threads in Jean Genet – Daniel Finch-Race: Fluid Temporality and Identity in Verlaine’s ‘Ariettes oubliées’ I, III, VI, VIII, IX.