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Poetics of History

Rousseau and the Theater of Originary Mimesis



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Poetics of History by Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

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Rousseau's opposition to the theater is well known: But is it possible that Rousseau's texts reveal a different conception of theatrical imitation? This short but potent text from a powerful European thinker places Rousseau at the origin of modern speculative philosophy by showing that his thinking on the theater articulates a radical thinking of originary mimesis that was to inflect the future of philosophy.

Author Biography

Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (Author) Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (1940-2007) was Professor of Philosophy at the Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. His many books include Poetry as Experience; Typography; and, with Jean-Luc Nancy, The Literary Absolute. Jeff Fort (Translator) Jeff Fort is Associate Professor of French at the University of California, Davis, and the translator of more than a dozen books, by Jean Genet, Jacques Derrida, Maurice Blanchot, Jean-Luc Nancy, and others.
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January 8th, 2019
Translated by Jeff Fort
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United States
Fordham University Press
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