1st Edition

Historical Traces and Future Pathways of Poststructuralism Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics

Edited By Gavin Rae, Emma Ingala Copyright 2021
    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    290 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume brings together an international array of scholars to reconsider the meaning and place of poststructuralism historically and demonstrate some of the ways in which it continues to be relevant, especially for debates in aesthetics, ethics, and politics.

    The book’s chapters focus on the works of Butler, Deleuze, Derrida, Foucault, Irigaray, Kristeva, Lacan, and Lyotard—in combination with those of Agamben, Luhman, Nancy, and Nietzsche—and examine issues including biopolitics, culture, embodiment, epistemology, history, music, temporality, political resistance, psychoanalysis, revolt, and the visual arts. The contributors use poststructuralism as a hermeneutical strategy that rejects the traditional affirmation of unity, totality, transparency, and representation to instead focus on the foundational importance of open-ended becoming, difference, the unknowable, and expression. This approach allows for a more expansive definition of poststructuralism and helps demonstrate how it has contributed to debates across philosophy and other disciplines.

    Historical Traces and Future Pathways of Poststructuralism will be of particular interest to researchers in philosophy, politics, political theory, critical theory, aesthetics, feminist theory, cultural studies, intellectual history, psychoanalysis, and sociology.


    Gavin Rae and Emma Ingala

    Part I: Historical Traces

    1. Nietzsche and the Emergence of Poststructuralism

    Alan D. Schrift

    2. Poststructuralism in America: From Epistemological Relativism to Post-Truth?

    Kevin Kennedy

    3. From Choirboy to Funeral Orator: Foucault’s Complicated Relationship to Structuralism

    Guilel Treiber

    4. Haunted by Derrida: Reading Benjamin’s ‘Critique of Violence’ and Derrida’s ‘Force of Law’ in Constellation

    James R. Martel

    Part II: Future Pathways: Aesthetics

    5. A Poststructuralism for the Visual Arts

    Ashley Woodward

    6. What Moves Music?: Poststructuralism, Pulsion, and Musical Ontology

    Michael David Székely

    Part III: Ethical Openings

    7. Not Just a Body: Lacan on Corporeality

    Emma Ingala

    8. The Ethics and Politics of Temporality: Judith Butler, Embodiment, and Narrativity

    Rosine Kelz

    Part IV: Political Apertures

    9. Re-thinking Poststructuralism with Deleuze and Luhmann: Autopoiesis, Immanence, Politics

    Hannah Richter

    10. Kristeva’s Wager on the Future of Revolt

    S. K. Keltner

    11. Strategies of Political Resistance: Agamben and Irigaray

    Gavin Rae


    Gavin Rae is Senior Research Professor at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. He is the author of six monographs, the most recent of which are Poststructuralist Agency (2020); Critiquing Sovereign Violence (2019); and Evil in the Western Philosophical Tradition (2019), published by Edinburgh University Press; and the co-editor (with Emma Ingala) of The Meanings of Violence: From Critical Theory to Biopolitics and Subjectivity and the Political: Contemporary Perspectives, published by Routledge.

    Emma Ingala is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Logic and Theoretical Philosophy at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Spain. She specializes in poststructuralist thought, political anthropology, feminism, and psychoanalysis, and is the co-editor (with Gavin Rae) of The Meanings of Violence: From Critical Theory to Biopolitics and Subjectivity and the Political: Contemporary Perspectives, both published by Routledge.