Title Under Representation
Subtitle The Racial Regime of Aesthetics
Author David Lloyd
ISBN 9780823282371
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 240
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Fordham University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“If there is any hope for the human, and if the idea of the human is of any use to the enactment of that hope, then the aesthetic claims and categories through which the human and its subjects are exalted and degraded must be placed under the most violent and most loving scrutiny. Under Representation exemplifies such scrutiny. The rigorous care with which David Lloyd examines and challenges the entanglement of race, representation, and the aesthetic is irresistible and indispensable. Under Representation is a major, and singular, achievement.”

—Fred Moten, New York University


Under Representation shows how the founding texts of aesthetic philosophy ground the racial order of the modern world in our concepts of universality, freedom, and humanity. Late Enlightenment discourse on aesthetic experience proposes a decisive account of the conditions of possibility for universal human subjecthood. The aesthetic forges a powerful “racial regime of representation” whose genealogy runs from Enlightenment thinkers like Kant and Schiller to late Modernist critics like Adorno and Benjamin. For aesthetic philosophy, representation is not just about depiction of diverse humans or inclusion in political or cultural institutions. It is an activity that undergirds the various spheres of human practice and theory, from the most fundamental acts of perception and reflection to the relation of the subject to the political, the economic, and the social.

Representation regulates the distribution of racial identifications along a developmental trajectory: The racialized remain “under representation,” on the threshold of humanity and not yet capable of freedom and civility as aesthetic thought defines those attributes. To ignore the aesthetic is thus to overlook its continuing force in the formation of the racial and political structures down to the present.

Both a genealogy and an account of our present, Under Representation ultimately helps show how a political reading of aesthetics can help us build a racial politics adequate for the problems we face today, one that stakes claims more radical than multicultural demands for representation.



Introduction. Under Representation

Chapter 1. The Aesthetic Regime of Representation

Chapter 2. The Pathological Sublime: Pleasure and Pain the Racial Regime

Chapter 3. Race under Representation

Chapter 4. Representation’s Coup

Chapter 5. The Aesthetic Taboo: Aura, Magic, and the Primitive




About the Author:

David Lloyd is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author, most recently, of Beckett’s Thing: Painting and Theatre.

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People interested in Philosophy.


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