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Humanities 2014, 3(4), 687-698; doi:10.3390/h3040687

Action versus Movement: A Rebuttal of J. M. Bernstein on Rancière

Department of Philosophy, Le Moyne College, Salt Springs Road, Syracuse, NY 13214, USA
Received: 3 September 2014 / Revised: 3 November 2014 / Accepted: 7 November 2014 / Published: 19 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Encounters between Literature and Philosophy)
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Rebutting J. M. Bernstein’s interpretation of Jacques Rancière’s aesthetics in an essay where Bernstein uses Rancière to praise classic Hollywood cinema, the present article turns to a series of recent essays and a lecture by Rancière to argue that, pace Bernstein, for Rancière the conditions that demanded 19th-century modernism’s critique of the intertwined concepts of narrative and action still prevail today, in the era of entertainment cinema. The egalitarian social condition foreshadowed by the aesthetic for Rancière demands suspension of the very conditions of domination of nature and passive spectacle endemic to contemporary life. In other words, my essay argues that Rancière must and does remain committed to a version of aesthetic modernism, albeit one founded in an undoubted realism and a concomitant ideal of social equality. View Full-Text
Keywords: aesthetics; Jacques Rancière; modernism; J. M. Bernstein; cinema; narrative; image; realism aesthetics; Jacques Rancière; modernism; J. M. Bernstein; cinema; narrative; image; realism
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Brockelman, T. Action versus Movement: A Rebuttal of J. M. Bernstein on Rancière. Humanities 2014, 3, 687-698.

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