This Is Not a Pipe / Edition 2

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What Does It Mean to Write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? Rene Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for Foucault's delightful homage. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance, offering an extraordinarily rich, startling, and highly provocative view.
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A realistic painting of a pipe is underscored by the sentence, This Is Not a Pipe. French philosopher Michel Foucault's classic essay on the complex relationship between language and image in René Magritte's painting has long been standard reading for students trying to understand the postmodern world. The informative introduction to this edition and the black-and-white reproductions of Magritte's work are good accompaniments to Foucault's text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520236943
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Quantum Books Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 769,342
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the most important theorists of the twentieth century, Michel Foucault's (1926-1984) many influential books include Discipline and Punish, The Archeology of Knowledge, The History of Sexuality, and The Discourse on Language.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Translator's Introduction     1
Two Pipes     15
The Unraveled Calligram     19
Klee, Kandinsky, Magritte     32
Burrowing Words     36
Seven Seals of Affirmation     43
Nonaffirmative Painting     53
Two Letters by Rene Magritte     55
Notes     59
Index     65
Plates     66
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  • Posted February 10, 2009

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    Foucault's most underrated publication

    more than just a playful essay, this title may be the most intriguing work on aesthetics ever written. what does it mean to represent and to affirm? in a painting of an original and a representation, why do we assume that the one we look at as the original is just that, wouldnt it be just as true for that one to be the representation? and much more, im not sure what else i can say to pay homage to an essay that is far greater than anything i will probably ever write, but it's really good, im a fan

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