Urban Sites, State and World-Space in French Cultural Theory
Verena Andermatt Conley
Verena Conley is Visiting Professor of Literature and Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and the author of Ecopolitics: The Environment in French Poststructuralist Thought (Routledge, 1996); and Hélène Cixous: Writing the Feminine (University of Nebraska Press, 1991).
Introduction: Space as a Critical Concept 1. Henri Lefebvre: Lived Spaces 2. Michael de Certeau: Anthropological Spaces 3. Jean Baudrillard: Media Places 4. Marc Auge: Non-Places 5. Paul Virilio: Speed Spaces 6. Deleuze and Guattari: Space and Becoming 7. Bruno Latour: Common Spaces 8. Etienne Balibar: Spatial Fictions Conclusion: Future Spaces Bibliography Index
This book should be read by sociologists, philosophers, designers, architects, art historians (and historians), and anyone else intent on bridging the often-yawning gap between theory and practice as regards our existence in a simultaneously expanding and contracting world.
H-France Review Vol. 14, No. 90
A novel explanation by a perceptive critic, wherein Conley ponders the 'spatial turn' in French critical theory from 1968 to 2012, and from Henri Lefebvre and Paul Virilio to Etienne Balibar. Assessing the postmodern experience of space and politics, economics and time, this book is an extraordinary reflection on questions of space in the epoch of late capitalism.
John Armitage Times Higher Education, What Are You Reading Section
Spatial Ecologies is a tour de force analysis of all the major theorists/theories of space/spatiality in the contemporary era. It will become the new benchmark for work on space in critical and cultural theory.
This is a working of wide-ranging and deep scholarship which brings together a range of important French thinkers for the first time within a critical, comparative argument. Spatial Ecologies makes a passionate and lucidly argued case for a renewed ecological thinking and a transformative critical practice.
University of Cambridge
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: April 13, 2012
Series: Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures 21