Badiou and Zizek on Mallarme: the critique of object-art

Hourigan, Daniel (2012) Badiou and Zizek on Mallarme: the critique of object-art. Minerva: an internet journal of philosophy, 16. pp. 25-35.

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This paper examines the differences between Alain Badiou and Slavoj Zizek's articulations of 'impossibility' in their readings of the French experimental symbolist poet Stephane Mallarme. The discussion will focus on how Badiou and Zizek diverge in their respective understandings of
impossibility as a hallmark of the Lacanian Real in Mallarme's oeuvre. This difference is framed in light of the way that Badiou and Zizek consonantly turn to the modernist poet Mallarme to understand the conditions under which the subject can attempt to access this imperative/idea. Herein it will be shown that two relations become apparent: 'subtraction' and 'purification'; 'subtraction' as the removal of the imaginary contents from the subject's self-relation in an attempt to access the future anterieur and 'purification' as the attempt to purify the pure idea by locating the opaque core of the aesthetic object as the point of failure in the relation with the object.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: © 2013 Minerva: An Online Open Access Journal of Philosophy. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 23:27
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 06:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: French poetry
Fields of Research : 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220301 Aesthetics
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies

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