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Survival of the fireflies

Author: Georges Didi-Huberman; Lia Swope Mitchell
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Univocal book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through readings of Dante, Pasolini, Walter Benjamin, and others, Didi-Huberman seeks to understand this strange, minor light; he argues that the fireflies are still out there, burning and shimmering in the dark, hidden in marginal spaces and dreams, in works of art and resistance"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Didi-Huberman, Georges.
Survival of the fireflies.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018030718
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Didi-Huberman; Lia Swope Mitchell
ISBN: 9781517905743 1517905745
OCLC Number: 1031161190
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Notes: "Originally published in French as Survivances des lucioles, copyright 2009 by Les Éditions de Minuit ... Paris"--Title page verso.
Description: 107 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Hells? --
The great heavenly light (luce) versus small lights (lucciole) in the infernal bolgia of evil counselors --
Dante inverted in the period of modern warfare --
In 1941, a young man discovers flashes of desire and innocence in fireflies --
A political question: Pier Paolo Pasolini in 1975, neofascism and the disappearance of fireflies --
The people, their resistance, their survival, destroyed by a new dictatorship --
Hell made real? The Pasolinian apocalypse today: reproached, approached, experienced, expanded --
2. Survivals --
Have the fireflies all disappeared, or might they survive in spite of a/I? Denis Roche's poetico-visual experience of intermittence: reappearing, redisappearing --
Minor lights: deterritorialized, political, collective. Pasolini's political and sexual despair. No living community without a phenomenology of its presentation: the luminous gestures of fireflies --
Walter Benjamin and dialectical images. Every means of imagining is a means of politics. Politics of survivals: Aby Warburg and Ernesto De Martino --
3. Apocalypses? --
Interrogating the contemporary through paradigms and a philosophical archaeology: Giorgio Agamben with Pasolini --
The "destruction of experience": apocalypse, grief for infancy. Between destruction and redemption --
Derrida's critique of the apocalytic tone in philosophy, and Adorno's un-thought of the resurrection --
In a theory of survivals, there is neither radical destruction nor final redemption. Image versus horizon --
4. Peoples --
Lights of power versus lights of counterforces: Carl Schmitt versus Benjamin. Agamben beyond any distinction --
Totalitarianism and democracy according to Agamben, via Schmitt and Guy Debord: from acclamation to public opinion. Peoples reduced to unification and negativity --
Philosophical archaeology, for Benjamin, demands the "rhythmic" of blows and counterblows, acclamations and revolutions --
5. Destructions? --
Image versus horizon: the dialectical light breaks across the horizon in an intermittent way --
Recourse of the image versus horizons without recourse. Decline is not disappearance. Declination, incidence, bifurcation --
The invaluable versus devaluation. The impure temporality of desire versus the time without recourse of destruction and redemption. Making words and images appear --
6. Images --
Making dreams appear: Charlotte Beradt or firefly-knowledge. Bearing witness and seeing the future --
Retreat into obscurity, glimmers. Georges Bataille during the war: crack, eroticism, inner experience. Political elucidation of nonknowledge --
The indestructible, the community that remains: Maurice Blanchot. Particles of humanity in the "gap between past and future": Hannah Arendt and the "diagonal force." --
The kingdom's lights versus the flashes of peoples. The firefly-images of Laura Waddington. Organizing pessimism.
Series Title: Univocal book.
Other Titles: Survivance des lucioles.
Responsibility: Georges Didi-Huberman ; translated by Lia Swope Mitchell.

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