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In Praise of Theatre

Alain Badiou, Nicolas Truong (With)

ISBN: 978-0-745-68696-7 October 2015 Polity 90 Pages


In Praise of Theatre is Alain Badiou’s latest work on the ‘most complete of the arts,’ the theatrical stage. This book, certain to be of great interest to scholars and theatre practitioners alike, elaborates the theory of the theatre developed by Badiou in works such as Rhapsody for the Theatre and the ‘Theses on Theatre’ and enquires into the status of a theatre that would be adequate to our ‘contemporary, market-oriented chaos.’

In a departure from his usual emphasis upon canonical figures of the stage such as Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett, Badiou devotes In Praise of Theatre largely to a consideration of contemporary practitioners, including Jan Fabre, Brigitte Jacques and Romeo Castellucci. In addition, the book features an incisive analysis of the precarious status of the theatre today, in which Badiou describes not only the current threats to the theatre from the right, but the far more insidious threat from the left.
Alain Badiou and the untimely stage: translator’
introduction by Andrew Bielski
1. Defense of an endangered art
2. Theatre and philosophy, story of an old couple
3. Between dance and cinema
4. Political stages
5. The place of the spectator
Translator’s notes

"A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!"
Slavoj Žižek

"Scarcely any other moral philosopher of our day is as politically clear-sighted and courageously polemical, so prepared to put notions of truth and universality back on the agenda."
Terry Eagleton

"One of the most important philosophers writing today."
Joan Copjec

"An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser."
New Statesman