Faceworld The Face in the Twenty-First Century MARION ZILIO Translated by Robin Mackay “This is not only one of the most brilliant accounts of the face one could hope for, but also an ingenious alternative history of modernity itself.” Dominic Pettman, The New School We have long accepted the face as the most natural and self-evident thing, believing that in it we could read, as if on a screen, our emotions and our doubts, our anger and joy. We have decorated them, made them up, designed them, as if the face were the public manifestation of our inner being. Nothing could be further from the truth. Rather than a window opening onto our inner nature, the face has always been a technical artefact—a construction that owes as much to artificiality as to our genetic inheritance. From the origins of humanity to the triumph of the selfie, Marion Zilio charts the history of the technical, economic, political, legal, and artistic fabrication of the face. Her account of this history culminates in a radical new interrogation of what is too often denounced as our contemporary narcissism. In fact, argues Zilio, the “narcissism” of the selfie may well reconnect us to the deepest sources of the human manufacture of faces—a reconnection that would also be a chance for us to come to terms with the non-human part of ourselves.
216 x 138mm | 176 pages | UK February 2020, US April 2020 HB | 978-1-5095-3725-9 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 PB | 978-1-5095-4097-6 | £14.99 | $19.95 | €18.90 ebook available
The Life of Plants A Metaphysics of Mixture EMANUELE COCCIA EHESS, Paris Translated by Dylan Montanari “Back to animals! Back to mushrooms! And now back to plants! It is with plants that this marvellous, witty and immensely literate book wants us, the human readers, to get acquainted again. And of course with plants, it is actually the sun toward which we are reoriented. Philosophy is on the move again, not exactly forward but downwards, giving a completely different meaning to what counts as a foundation.” Bruno Latour As the very creator of atmosphere, plants occupy the fundamental position from which we should analyze all elements of life. From this standpoint, we can no longer perceive the world as a simple collection of objects or a universal space containing all things, but as the site of a veritable metaphysical mixture. In contrast to trends of thought which discuss nature and the cosmos in general terms, Coccia’s account brings the infinitely small together with the infinitely big, offering a radical redefinition of the place of humanity within the realm of life.
216 x 138mm | 192 pages | 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-3152-3 | £50.00 | $64.95 | €61.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3153-0 | £15.99 | $22.95 | €19.90 ebook available
The Transitory Museum EMANUELE COCCIA AND DONATIEN GRAU EHESS, Paris; Musé d’Orsay Translated by Tom Conley “Is some of the future of the art museum to be found in the intimate experience that comes in 10 Corso Como, the ultimate, curated ‘concept store’? Coccia and Grau have found food for museum thought in a retail temple of fashion and living.” Michael Govan, CEO and Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
190 x 124mm | 144 pages | UK 2018, US 2019 HB | 978-1-5095-3304-6 | £35.00 | $45.95 | €42.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3305-3 | £9.99 | $12.95 | €12.90 ebook available
Navid Kermani: Winner of the 2020 FriedrichHölderlin Prize Wonder Beyond Belief On Christianity NAVID KERMANI Translated by Tony Crawford “In this beautifully written book, Navid Kermani performs something which, if not unprecedented, is still highly unusual, as he considers Christianity from the distance of a different faith. Unencumbered by the need to accept or reject, he explores the Christian faith with an alert interest and consuming curiosity. Through his keen gaze, coupled with a profound knowledge of theology and art history, Kermani captivates readers with the marvels of artworks that they might otherwise never really notice. The anglophone world needs and deserves this gem of a book.” Daniel Boyarin, University of California, Berkeley
216 x 140mm | 336 pages | HB 2017, PB 2019 HB | 978-1-5095-1484-7 | £25.00 | $30.95 | €30.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3871-3 | £14.99 | $19.95 | €18.90 ebook available
God is Beautiful The Aesthetic Experience of the Quran NAVID KERMANI Translated by Tony Crawford “This outstanding work...is an estimable scholarly and intellectual accomplishment that takes seriously the proximity of the aesthetic and the religious in human experience.” William Graham, Harvard University
229 x 152mm | 480 pages | HB 2014, PB 2018 HB | 978-0-7456-5167-5 | £65.00 | $84.95 | €79.90 PB | 978-0-7456-5168-2 | £17.99 | $24.95 | €23.90
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