Anselm Jappe: Guy Debord translated into English by Donald Nicholson-Smith with assistance from the author (University of California Press ). Anselm Jappe offers a powerful corrective to the continual attempts to incorporate Debord’s theoretical work into “French theory.” Jappe’s focus. Anselm Jappe • Translator: Donald Nicholson-Smith This is the first and best intellectual biography of Guy Debord, prime mover of the Situationist International .

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Such a book need not spell out these puzzles exactly as I do you will see that Jappe’s terms are differentbut I believe it ought to be driven and haunted as Jappe’s undoubtedly is by a similar sense of broad questions constantly coming up about the nature of Debord’s achievement, and getting harder to answer the more unavoidable they seem. Sam White rated jappd really liked it Jun 25, A Declaration of the Rights of Human Beings: For example, an ongoing interest in Alexander Trocchi who died fifteen year ago quite unrelated to his membership of the SI, is evident from the fact that new editions of both his literary and his pornographic novels continue to appear in English.

Not necessarily, is Jappe’s answer. Since this material is well known and more reliable versions of it can be found elsewhere, it is best ignored beyond noting a couple of points. The Life and Death of Guy Debord. This biography of a German philosopher is a stub. Jappe also discusses Debord’s films, which are largely inaccessible at present. Want to Read saving…. His close reading of Debord’s magnum opus supplies a superb gloss that has never been rivaled despite the great flood of writing on the Situationists in recent decades.

This is not a brilliant book like Plant’sbut is sturdy and has utility. Thus, where Marx in the s supposed that the working class would have to be excluded from the bourgeoisie and that the crisis of capitalism would arise from the shortcomings of the commodity form, by the s it appeared that crisis had come instead from the total VICTORY of the commodity form and from the absorption of the proletariate and his consciousness INTO the bourgeoisie and its commodified form.

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Guy Debord (Biography) by Anselm Jappe (Book Review)

Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Sep 15, Tosh rated it it was amazing Shelves: Part I contains an arid excursion into Marxist scholasticism, and lacks all of the brilliance and relentless intelligence of Plant’s The Most Radical Gesture hence, my ranking.

Donald Nicholson-Smith This treatise offers a lyrical and aphoristic critique of the “society of the spectacle” from the point of view of individual experience. One moment the deep, ventriloqual dialogue with History and Class Consciousness: Guy Debord by Anselm Jappe.

Romantic to Revolutionary E. Clearly what interests Jappe is the bourgeois notion of great men, since many former members of the Situationist International are still alive, and of those that are dead none have passed out of living memory. What could Debord possibly have meant by the notions brought on in his writing to represent representation’s opposite — “lived experience,” for instance, or “imagination,” or, worse still, “poetry”?

Why is it so difficult to think and demand and construct “representation” in the plural, rather than the singular and centralized: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Thus, where Marx in the s supposed that the working class would have to be excluded from the bourgeoisie and that the crisis of capitalism would arise from the shortcomings of the commodity form, by the s it appeared that crisis had come instead from the total VICTORY of the commodit Marx himself according to Jappe did not entirely grasp some of the fundamental forms of capitalism — treating as essential characteristics what were actually traits of precapitalist forms of production.

Debord, Time and History. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sean rated it really liked it May 02, Because Jappe succeeds in posing these two questions concurrently, and knows full well that answering one of them involves answering both, he manages to talk about Debord’s achievement as one of voice, or language, without falling in with those in France who have been trying since Debord’s death, and even before it, to turn him into “a master of French prose. Debord thus has the merit of having been one of the very first to understand that a Marxist form of analysis needed to be applied to very new and unexpected conditions.

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They had seen the imagery and argumentation taken up in actual political practice, by despots and revolutionaries, and put to the test of reality. Josep Pradas – – Astrolabio: Clark, from the Foreword.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Mappe Policy. Political writing is always instrumental as well as utopian. First, how are we to understand the obvious but scandalous fact that in Debord’s debogd politics was largely writing — that it turned on the building of an inimitable polemical and expository style, assembled over decades, born from a series of engagements with, on, and against the French language?

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The situationists declared somewhere that boredom was counter-revolutionary. Good book to carry around St. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive?

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