Philosophical Phantasms: ‘the Platonic Differential’ and ‘Zarathustra’s Laughter'

Twitchin, Mischa. 2019. Philosophical Phantasms: ‘the Platonic Differential’ and ‘Zarathustra’s Laughter'. In: Tony Fisher and Kélina Gotman, eds. Foucault's Theatres. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 110-118. ISBN 9781526135704 [Book Section]

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How might relations between face and mask, nature and artifice, escape from a Platonic dramaturgy? In which theatrical worlds might metaphysics become displaced by phantasmaphysics? Between Foucault and Deleuze, how does the drama of thought become manifest in a specifically philosophical theatre? And how might this relate to the claims of universality in a modernity that constantly disavows its colonial particularity? Exploring his reading of Deleuze, this essay extends Foucault’s sense of a “rebirth of phantasmaphysics” to a reading of cinema (with Jean Rouch’s Les Maîtres Fous) and the transformation of erstwhile ethnographic museums into “museums of world cultures”.

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


28 October 2019Published

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01 Nov 2019 15:35

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