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Description - Pulcinella by Giorgio Agamben

The list of subjects that Giorgio Agamben has tackled in his career is dizzying-from the dangers of our current political moment to the traces of the distant past that inflect the culture around us today. With Pulcinella, Agamben is back with yet another surprising-and surprisingly relevant-subject: the commedia dell'arte character.

At the heart of Pulcinella is Agamben's exploration of an album of 104 drawings, created by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo (1727-1804) near the end of his life, that cover the life, adventures, death, and resurrection of the title character. Who is Pulcinella under his black mask? Is he a man, a demon, or a god? Mixing stories of the enigmatic Pulcinella with his own character in a sort of imaginary philosophical biography, Agamben attempts to locate the line connection between philosophy and comedy. Perhaps, contrary to what we've been told, comedy is not only more ancient and profound than tragedy, but also closer to philosophy-close enough, in fact, that, as happens in this book, at times the line between the two can blur.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780857425409
ISBN-10: 0857425404
Format: Hardback
(191mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Feb-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben is one of Italy's foremost contemporary thinkers. He recently brought to a close his widely influential archaeology of Western politics, the nine-volume Homo Sacer series. Kevin Attell teaches at Cornell University and is the author of Giorgio Agamben: Beyond the Threshold of Deconstruction.

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