The Age of the Poets
And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose
by Alain Badiou Translated by Bruno Bosteels Introduction by Emily Apter and Bruno Bosteels
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252 pages / November 2014 / 9781781685693

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New and illuminating set of analyses of literature from one of France’s most important living philosophers

The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger’s famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it must declare the end of what Badiou names the “age of the poets,” which stretches from Hölderlin to Celan. Drawing on ideas from his first publication on the subject, “The Autonomy of the Aesthetic Process,” Badiou offers an illuminating set of readings of contemporary French prose writers, giving us fascinating insights into the theory of the novel while also accounting for the specific position of literature between science and ideology.

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