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Nancy and Visual Culture

Edited by Carrie Giunta, Adrienne Janus

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The first critical appraisal of Jean-Luc Nancy’s immense contribution to contemporary visual culture

In an exciting range of original responses to Nancy’s work, these 12 essays reanimate the dialogue between interdisciplinary scholars and practicing artists that originally gave birth to visual culture as a field of study. A new translation of Nancy’s essay, 'The Image: Mimesis and Methexis', reveals how Nancy’s work informs, challenges and inspires our encounters with visual culture.

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List of Illustrations
Introduction: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Image of Visual Culture, Adrienne Janus
1. Cutting and Letting-Be,
Martin Crowley
2. Dancing Equality: Image, Imitation and Participation,Christopher Watkin
3. A Question of Listening: Nancean Resonance, Return and Relation in Charlie Chaplin, Carrie Giunta
4. The Image: Mimesis and Methexis Jean-Luc Nancy, translated by Adrienne Janus
5. On the Threshold: Visual Culture, Invisible Nature, Adrienne Janus
6. Pornosophy: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Pornographic Image, Peter Banki
7. Presentation and Disappearance / Présentation et Disparition, Translated by Adrienne Janus
8. Writing in the Place of the Animal, Phillip Warnell
9. Together at the Limit: Jean-Luc Nancy, Art and Community, Lorna Collins
10. Turning Around the Written Mark, Opening from a Weight of Thought, Robert Luzar
11. Uncanny Landscapes of Photography: The Partage of Double-exposure After Jean-Luc Nancy, Chris Heppell.

About the Author

Carrie Giunta is a freelance writer and visiting research fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Dundee, Scotland. Giunta’s writing has been published in Radical Philosophy, teleSUR English and The Directory of World Cinema (Intellect Books). Her recent publications include a chapter entitled “Community in Fragments: Reading Relation in the Fragments of Heraclitus” in the edited collection Global Community? Transnational and Transdisciplinary Exchanges (Rowman & Littlefield).

Adrienne Janus is Maitre de Conferences at the Universite Francois Rabelais, Tours, where she works across the areas of theatre and performance studies, English and Comparative Literature.


Nancy and Visual Culture offers an insightful exploration of the relevance of Nancy's work for our understanding of visual and other cultures.
- Marta Weychan, University of Aberdeen, Film-Philosophy

At once mind-blowing and serious, the work of philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy stands with the giants of our era. This volume offers a necessary aerial view of his thought on art, with astute essays and an excellent introduction that will orient inhabitants of the art and critical worlds we share and are shattered by.

- Avital Ronell, New York University & European Graduate School, Switzerland

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