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180142 SE Jacques Ranciere: Aesthetics, Literature, Film (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 18 - Philosophie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The focus of this seminar (to be held in English) is formed by texts by Jacques Ranciere addressing the question of aesthetics (that is, aesthetic regime), literature, and cinema. Moreover, the relevant texts elaborating Ranciere's aesthetics of literature and of film are presented and analysed in relation to aesthetic accounts in other thinkers such as Sartre, Adorno, Lyotard, Badiou, and Deleuze.

  • Monday 23.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
  • Monday 25.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
  • Tuesday 26.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
  • Wednesday 27.05. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3C, NIG Universitätsstraße 7/Stg. II/3. Stock, 1010 Wien
  • Monday 08.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
  • Tuesday 09.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
  • Monday 22.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock
  • Tuesday 23.06. 08:00 - 11:15 Hörsaal 3F NIG 3.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar provides an introduction into the aesthetic thought of Jacques Ranciere; the main emphases are on the questions of literature and film. The seminar introduces into Ranciere's conception of the aesthetic regime of identifying the arts. In this context it will become evident in which ways Ranciere's conception of the aesthetic regime differs from the hegemonic conceptions of aesthetic modernism and postmodernism. His recourse to writings in the context of German idealism and of German romanticism is traced in light of the paradox that is central to the aesthetic regime and that maintains a simultaneous identity and non-identity between (modern) art and social life. In a next step, different texts by Ranciere on literature are analysed in order to demonstrate that the emergence of literature went hand in hand with the establishment of the aesthetic regime. texts on Flaubert and Mallarme are addressed, as well as texts in which Ranciere engages with certain readings by Sartre and Badiou. Finally, the last sections of the seminar are dedicated to the interrogation of some central texts by Ranciere on cinema. Directors such as Godard, Marker, Straub, and Costa are discussed in light of Ranciere's aesthetics.
The seminar will consist of presentations and class discussions. All texts to be discussed will be made available in form of a reader

Assessment and permitted materials

n order to receive a grade for the seminar, either a presentation has to be given (30 - 35 minutes; the presentation has to be fully elaborated and submitted in written form on the day of the presentation. The written form of the presentation has to be 10 pages (1 1/2 spaces) long; also, presenters have to provide a 1-page hand-out for all the seminar participants on the day of their presentation), or a paper had to be written (minimum 20 pages, 1 1/2 spaces). The presentations should be chosen during the preliminary meeting on March 23rd. The topic of the paper can be determined and further elaborated in consultation with the instructor.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The seminar will be conducted in form of close readings, presentations, and class discussions, it provides students with the opportunity to hone their presentational and writing skills. Attendance is strictly required! Students are expected to come fully prepared, to have closely read the respective texts, and to engage in class discussion.

Examination topics

he seminar participants will read and discuss the following texts by Ranciere: May 25th, 8:00 - 11:15, Hörsaal 3F (NIG), The Politics of Aesthetics, 10 - 45; Aesthetics and Its Discontents, 19 - 44. May 26th, 8.00 - 11:15, Hörsaal 3F (NIG), Mallarme, 27 - 60; The Politics of Literature, 183 - 205. May 27th, 8:00 - 11:15, Hörsaal 3C (NIG), The Politics of Literature, 3 - 30; 31 - 45. June 8th, 8:00 - 11.15, Hörsaal 3F (NIG), The Politics of Literature, 49 - 71; The Future of the Image, 1 - 33. June 9, 8:00 - 11:15, Hörsaal 3F (NIG), The Future of the Image, 33 - 67; Film Fables, 171 - 187. June 22nd, 8:00 - 11.15, Hörsaal 3F (NIG), Film Fables, 1 - 19; 107 - 123. June 23rd, 8:00 - 11:15, Hörsaal 3F (NIG), The Intervals of Cinema, 103 - 126; 127 - 142.

Reading list

Jacques Ranciere: The Politics of Aesthetics
Jacques Ranciere: Aesthetics and Its Discontents
Jacques Ranciere: Mallarme
Jacques Ranciere: The Politics of Literature
Jacques Ranciere: The Future of the Image
Jacques Ranciere: Film Fables
Jacques Ranciere: The Intervals of Cinema

Recommended Literature:
Paul Bowman, Richard Stamp (ed.): Reading Ranciere.
Paul Bowman (ed.): Ranciere and Film.
Jean-Philippe Deranty (ed.): Jacques Ranciere: Key Concepts.
Jean-Philippe Deranty, Alison Ross (ed.): Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene.
Grace Hellyer, Julian Murphet (ed.): Ranciere and Literature.
Gabriel Rockhill, Philip Watts (ed.): History, Aesthetics, Politics.
Erik Vogt, Michael Manfe (ed.): Jacques Ranciere und die Literatur.

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