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This is Not a Pipe

Foucault, Michel (author); Harkness, James (translator, editor)

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ISBN 10: 0520042328 / ISBN 13: 9780520042322
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, California, U.S.A., 1983
Condition: Very Good Minus Hardcover
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66 pages, plus plates; orange cloth, black spine titles; black & white illustrations and plates; white pictorial dust jacket; negligible wear to boards; darkening to spine of price-clipped jacket, light soiling; a very good minus copy in a good plus to very good minus jacket; solid example of this examination of Magritte's work. Bookseller Inventory # X01196

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Title: This is Not a Pipe

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1983

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Magritte, Rene

Book Condition:Very Good Minus

Dust Jacket Condition: Good Plus

Edition: 1st Edition

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What does it mean to write "This is not a pipe" across a bluntly literal painting of a pipe? René Magritte's famous canvas provides the starting point for a delightful homage by the French philosopher-historian Michel Foucault. Much better known for his incisive and mordant explorations of power and social exclusion, Foucault here assumes a more playful stance. By exploring the nuances and ambiguities of Magritte's visual critique of language, he finds the painter less removed than previously thought from the pioneers of modern abstraction—"confronting them and within a common system, a figure at once opposed and complementary."

Foucault's brief but extraordinarily rich essay offers a startling, highly provocative view of a painter whose influence and popularity continue to grow unchecked. This is Not a Pipe also throws a new, piquantly dancing light on Foucault himself.

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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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