Distributions of the Sensible

Distributions of the Sensible

Rancière, between Aesthetics and Politics
Edited by Scott Durham and Dilip Gaonkar With an afterword by Jacques Rancière

Jacques Rancière’s work is increasingly central to several debates across the humanities. Distributions of the Sensible confronts a question at the heart of his thought: How should we conceive the relationship between the “politics of aesthetics” and the “aesthetics of politics”? Specifically, the book explores the implications of Rancière’s rethinking of the relationship of aesthetic to political democracy from a wide range of critical perspectives.

Distributions of the Sensible contains original essays by leading scholars on topics such as Rancière’s relation to political theory, critical theory, philosophical aesthetics, and film. The book concludes with a new essay by Rancière himself that reconsiders the practice of theory between aesthetics and politics.
About the Author

CONTRIBUTORS: Benjamin Arditi, Nico Baumbach, Pheng Cheah, Tom Conley, Sudeep Dasgupta, Scott Durham, Jason Frank, Eleanor Kaufman, Giuseppina Mecchia, Codruta Morari, Jacques Rancière, Joseph J. Tanke

SCOTT DURHAM is an associate professor of French and the director of graduate studies in French and francophone studies at Northwestern University.

DILIP GAONKAR is a professor of rhetoric and public culture and the director of the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

Distributions of the Sensible promises to be the best collection of essays on the topic. Few works until now have engaged the simultaneity of aesthetics and politics crucial to Rancière.” —Davide Panagia, author of Rancière's Sentiment