Politics of Vision: Towards an Understanding of the Practices of the Visible and Invisible

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dc.contributor.advisor Edkins, Jenny
dc.contributor.advisor Carruthers, Susan
dc.contributor.advisor Finney, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Netto, Priscilla
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-17T14:20:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-17T14:20:07Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1920
dc.description Chapter Three revised as: 'TheatreWorks' Desdemona and the Question of Decipherability', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 6: 2, (2004), pp. 335-342 en
dc.description.abstract The thesis explores the political dispositions lurking within the practices of vision, construed here in terms of the visible and invisible. It locates this investigation firstly, in the representational culture of colonial Singapore and secondly, in postcolonial Singaporean performances. Although the thesis takes as its point of departure conceptualizations of the practices of vision by Bhabha, Foucault, Lefebvre and Lacan, as the argument proceeds, the exploration takes its cue increasingly from the thought of Derrida. The chapters explore how the relationship to Otherness is variously effaced or enacted in practices of the visible and invisible. The thesis starts with an exploration of the practices of the visible in colonial power relations and postcolonial multiculturalism, construed here as a metaphysical sovereign political disposition, the predicates of which are the theological-political securing of the I Am Who I AM. Within this relationship to Otherness is a violent ethico-political relation to Otherness. However, in the thought of Derrida and Levinas, the relationship between 'us' and the 'Other' is the condition of possibility for both the Self and Other, for justice, responsibility, associated by an openness to the Other, including the willingness to be unsettled by the surprise of the Other-to-come. The second half of the thesis investigates the possibilities of a radical relation to the radically non-relational. Firstly, this radical relation to radical alterity is construed as encompassing a practice of the invisible, that of a poetics of the (im)possible. Secondly, this radical relation to Otherness is conceptualized as a 'writing in blindness', the counterpart of which is eschatological desire, accompanied by the 'art of the perhaps'. en
dc.description.sponsorship ESRC en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en
dc.subject Singapore en
dc.subject colonial en
dc.subject postcolonial en
dc.subject Derrida en
dc.title Politics of Vision: Towards an Understanding of the Practices of the Visible and Invisible en
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department International Politics en
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en


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