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The decision between us : art and ethics in the time of scenes / John Paul Ricco.

Author/creator Ricco, John Paul author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [2014]
Copyright Notice ©2014
Descriptionxii, 252 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction -- Part I. Name no one -- Name no one man -- Name no one name -- Part II. Naked -- Naked sharing -- Naked image -- Part III. Neutral and unbecoming -- Neutral mourning -- Unbecoming community.
Abstract The Decision Between Us combines an inventive reading of Jean-Luc Nancy with queer theoretical concerns to argue that while scenes of intimacy are spaces of sharing, they are also spaces of separation. John Paul Ricco shows that this tension informs our efforts to coexist ethically and politically, an experience of sharing and separation that informs any decision. Using this incongruous relation of intimate separation, Ricco goes on to propose that "decision" is as much an aesthetic as it is an ethical construct, and one that is always defined in terms of our relations to loss, absence, departure, and death. Laying out this theory of "unbecoming community" in modern and contemporary art, literature, and philosophy, and calling our attention to such things as blank sheets of paper, images of unmade beds, and the spaces around bodies, The Decision Between Us opens in 1953, when Robert Rauschenberg famously erased a drawing by Willem de Kooning, and Roland Barthes published Writing Degree Zero, then moves to 1980 and the "neutral mourning" of Barthes' Camera Lucida, and ends in the early 1990s with installations by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Offering surprising new considerations of these and other seminal works of art and theory by Jean Genet, Marguerite Duras,and Catherine Breillat, The Decision Between Us is a highly original and unusually imaginative exploration of the spaces between us, arousing and evoking an infinite and profound sense of sharing in scenes of passionate, erotic pleasure as well as deep loss and mourning.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2013036680
ISBN9780226717777 (cloth : alkaline paper)
ISBN0226717771 (cloth : alkaline paper)

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