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Elementary

by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Review

Ben Watson, Adorno for Revolutionaries, Unkant, London, 2011. 217 pp., £10.99 pb., 978 0 95681 760 0.

David Cunningham

In a much-cited March 1936 letter to Walter Benjamin, Adorno famously remarks of the separation between autonomous art and mass culture that, while both ‘bear the stigmata of capitalism’, and ‘both contain elements of …


What’s left of biopolitics?

by / RP 173 (May/Jun 2012) / Review

Patricia Ticineto Clough and Craig Willse, eds, Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death, Duke University Press, Durham NC and London, 2011. 400 pp., £75.00 hb., £17.99 pb., 978 0 82235 003 3 hb., 978 0 82235 017 0 pb.

François Debrix and Alexander D. Barder, Beyond Biopolitics: …


172 Reviews

Books Reviewed:Fredric Jameson, Representing ‘Capital’: A Reading of Volume OneMelissa Gregg and Gregory J. Seigworth, eds, The Affect Theory ReaderMichael Bailey and Des Freedman, eds, The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for ResistanceUniversity for Strategic Optimism, Undressing the Academy, or The Student HandjobDeborah Cook, Adorno on NatureIsabelle Thomas-Fogiel, The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-Reference in Contemporary ThoughtPeter E. Gordon, Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, DavosSean Sayers, Marx and Alienation: Essays on Hegelian Themes
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Of course… however

by / RP 172 (Mar/Apr 2012) / Review

Michael Bailey and Des Freedman, eds, The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance, Pluto Press, London, 2011. 200 pp., £14.99 pb., 978 0 74533 191 1.

Matthew Charles

The conceptual poles that orient the collection of essays edited by Des Freedman and Michael Bailey in The Assault on Universities are, …


Inside the factory, and out

by / RP 172 (Mar/Apr 2012) / Review

Fredric Jameson, Representing ‘Capital’: A Reading of Volume One, Verso, London and New York, 2011. 158pp., £14.99 hb., 978 1 84467 454 1.

John Kraniauskas

Fredric Jameson’s latest book, published hot on the heels of a monograph on Hegel’s Phenomenology (The Hegel Variations, 2010) and a large collection of essays on the dialectic …


171 Reviews

Books Reviewed:Timothy Bewes and Timothy Hall, eds, Georg Lukács: The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: Aesthetics, Politics, LiteratureMichael J. Thompson, ed.,Georg Lukács Reconsidered: Critical EssaysHans-Jörg Rheinberger,On Historicising Epistemology: An EssayHans-Jörg Rheinberger, An Epistemology of the Concrete: Twentieth-Century Histories of LifeTerry Eagleton, Why Marx Was RightPaul Mattick, Business As Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of CapitalismFrank Furedi, On Tolerance: A Defence of Moral IndependencePeter John et al., Nudge, Nudge, Think, ThinkGilles Saint-Paul, The Tyranny of UtilityMandy Merck and Stella Sandford, eds, Further Adventures of The Dialectic of SexBruno Bosteels, The Actuality of CommunismColin Cremin, Capitalism’s New ClothesGerhard Richter: Panorama
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Why Keynes was wrong

by / RP 171 (Jan/Feb 2012) / Review

Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 2011. 258 pp., £16.99 hb., 978 0 30016 943 0.

Paul Mattick, Business As Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism, Reaktion Books, London, 2011. 126 pp. £12.95 pb., 978 1 86189 801 2.

Stephen Harper

In 2008, as …


Squeegee

by / RP 171 (Jan/Feb 2012) / Review

Gerhard Richter: Panorama, Tate Modern, London, 6 October 2011–8 January 2012.

John Timberlake

The only comic moment in Gerhard Richter: Panorama comes in the form of a double portrait of the artist with his long-term friend and interlocutor Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, outside the doors of an art school, but titled as …


170 Reviews

Books Reviewed:Jacques Rancière, The Politics of LiteratureJudith Butler, Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor and Cornell West, The Power of Religion in the Public SphereClayton Crockett, Radical Political TheologyNiilo Kauppi,Radicalism in French CultureHeiko Schmid, Wolf-Dietrich Sahr and John Urry, eds., Cities and Fascination: Beyond the Surplus of MeaningAdrian Mackenzie, Wirelessness: Radical Empiricism in Network CultureEncarnación Gutiérrez-Rodríguez, Migration, Domestic Work and Affect: A Decolonial Approach on Value and the Feminization of LaborAndrew Kolin, State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush
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Flaubert’s parrot

by / RP 170 (Nov/Dec 2011) / Review

Jacques Rancière, The Politics of Literature, trans. Julie Rose, Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden MA, 2011. 215 pp., £55.00 hb., £17.99 pb., 978 0 74564 531 5 hb., 978 0 74564 530 8 pb.

David Cunningham

The ongoing role played by French philosophy in underwriting the contemporaneity of anglophone theory has entailed, since …


169 Reviews

Books Reviewed:
Djurdja Bartlett, FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism Jon Beasley-Murray Posthegemony: Political Theory and Latin AmericaRichard Immerman, Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul WolfowitzJacob Rogozinski, The Ego and the Flesh: An Introduction to EgoanalysisPaul Virilio, The Futurism of the Instant: Stop-EjectDave Eggers, ZeitounTurbulence, What Would It Mean to Win?Team Colours, Uses of a Whirlwind: Movement, Movements, and Contemporary Radical Currents in the United StatesThe Occupation Cookbook, or, the Model of the Occupation of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb
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Well, the Ukraine girls really knock me out…

by / RP 169 (Sep/Oct 2011) / Review

Djurdja Bartlett, FashionEast: The Spectre That Haunted Socialism, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, 2011. 300pp., £25.95 hb., 978 0 26202 650 5.

Owen Hatherley

One of the more interesting recent Russian blockbusters, Valeriy Todorovskys 2008 Stilyagi, is a musical set in 1950s’ Moscow. The historical Stilyagi were the Soviet Union’s beatniks, enthusiasts …


Romanticism of the Multitude

by / RP 169 (Sep/Oct 2011) / Review

Jon Beasley-Murray, Posthegemony: Political Theory and Latin America, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2011. 376 pp., £56.00 hb., £15.50 pb., 978 0 81664 714 9 hb., 978 0 81664 715 6 pb.

Philip Derbyshire

Posthegemony is an ambitious and often pugnacious project, which, as its title indicates, seeks to go beyond …


168 Reviews

Books Reviewed:Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I Benjamin Noys, The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental TheoryPeter Fenves, The Messianic Reduction: Walter Benjamin and the Shape of TimeAndrea Cavalletti, ClasseGail Day, Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art TheoryDavid Toop, Sinister Resonance: The Mediumship of the ListenerAndrew Finlay, Governing Ethnic Conflict: Consociation, Identity and the Price of PeaceManuel De Landa, Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic ReasonBill Griffiths, Collected Earlier Poems (1966–1980)
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History flows through some problems

by / RP 168 (Jul/Aug 2011) / Review

Isabelle Stengers, Cosmopolitics I, trans. Robert Bononno, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 2010. viii + 299 pp., £18.50 pb., 978 0 8166 5687 8.

Michael Halewood

To state that ‘reality is a construction’ might elicit two opposed responses. Certain philosophers and social theorists would welcome the claim, in so …


Radical, like in the eighties

by / RP 168 (Jul/Aug 2011) / Review

Gail Day, Dialectical Passions: Negation in Postwar Art Theory, Columbia University Press, New York, 2011. 320 pp., £34.50 hb., 978 0 231 14938 9.

Luke White

Dialectical Passions is a book about art and architectural theory in the wake of the New Left. It locates itself in the context of a …


The better half

by / RP 168 (Jul/Aug 2011) / Review

Benjamin Noys, The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Continental Theory, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2010. 196 pp.,£60.00 hb., 978 0 74863 863 5.

Knox Peden

There’s an old Ziggy cartoon that finds the eponymous misanthrope standing waist-deep in water in a flooded basement, remarking to nobody in particular: …


167 Reviews

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‘Never a fascist’?

Maurice Blanchot, Political Writings, 1953–1993, translated with an introduction by Zakir Paul, foreword by Kevin Hart, Fordham University Press, New York, 2010. 200 pp.

Howard Caygill

It is perhaps appropriate that this collection of political writings by Maurice Blanchot is marked by a troubling absence. Yet it …


166 Reviews

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Hans Radder, ed., The Commodification of Academic Research: Science and the Modern University Eeva Berglund

Martha C. Nussbaum, Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities Matthew Charles

Susan Hekman, The Material of Knowledge: Feminist Disclosures Alessandra Tanesini

Dawne McCance, Derrida on Religion: Thinker of Difference Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Strange Wonder: The Closure of Metaphysics and …


165 Reviews

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Rob Chapman, Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head Julian Palacios, Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd: Dark Globe Michele Mari, Rosso Floyd Howard Caygill

Martin Heidegger, The Phenomenology of Religious Life Andrew McGettigan

Bruce C. Clarke and Mark B.N. Hansen, eds, Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays in Second-Order Systems Theory Andrew Pickering, The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches …