1st Edition

Introducing Lyotard Art and Politics

By Bill Readings Copyright 1991

    The first truly introductory text on Lyotard, this book situates Lyotard's interventions in the postmodern debate in the wider context of his rethinking of the politics of representation. Bill Readings examines Lyotard's relationship to structuralism, Marxism and semiotics, and contrasts his work with the literary deconstruction of Paul de Man; he positions Lyotard's work so as to draw out the implications of poststructurlaism's attention to difference in reading. Lyotard's willingness to question the political and examine the relationship between art and politics is shown to undermine the charge that deconstruction abdicates political and social articulation.

    Part I Mobile supplement I: after the event; Chapter 1 Figure; Chapter 2 Postmodernity and narrative; Chapter 3 Politics and ethics; Part II Mobile supplement II: work Notes Bibliography INDEX;


    Bill Readings is Professeur Agrégé in the Département de littérature comparée at the Université de Montréal.