The Incident at Antioch/L'Incident d'Antioche

The Incident at Antioch/L'Incident d'Antioche: A Tragedy in Three Acts / Tragédie en trois actes

Alain Badiou
Introduction by Kenneth Reinhard
Translated by Susan Spitzer
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7312/badi15774
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    The Incident at Antioch/L'Incident d'Antioche
    Book Description:

    The Incident at Antiochis a key play marking Alain Badiou's transition from classical Marxism to a "politics of subtraction" far removed from party and state. Written with striking eloquence and extraordinary poetic richness, and shifting from highly serious emotional and intellectual drama to surreal comic interlude, the work features statesmen, workers, and revolutionaries struggling to reconcile the nature and practice of politics.

    This bilingual edition presentsL'Incident d'Antiochein its original French and, on facing pages, an expertly executed English translation. Badiou adds a special preface, and an introduction by the scholar Kenneth Reinhard connects the play to Paul Claudel'sThe City, Saint Paul and the early history of the Church, and the innovative mathematical thinking of Paul Cohen. The translation includes Susan Spitzer's extensive notes clarifying allusions and quotations and hinting at Badiou's intentions. An interview with Badiou encompasses the play's settings, themes, and events, as well as his ongoing literary and conceptual experimentation on stage and off.

    eISBN: 978-0-231-52773-6
    Subjects: Philosophy, Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. PREFACE TO THE FIRST WORLDWIDE EDITION OF THE INCIDENT AT ANTIOCH
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. TRANSLATOR’S PREFACE
    (pp. xiii-xviii)
  5. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. xix-xx)
  6. INTRODUCTION BADIOU’S THEATER: A LABORATORY FOR THINKING
    (pp. xxi-lii)
    Kenneth Reinhard

    Although he is primarily known as a philosopher, Alain Badiou’s first major publications were the experimental novelsAlmagestes(1964) andPortulans(1967), and he continued to write and publish fiction through the 1990s, whenCalme bloc ici-basappeared (1997). In the years between, Badiou wrote a series of plays: the political tragedy,L’Écharpe rouge(The Red Scarf) (1979) and the fourAhmedcomedies:Ahmed le subtil(Ahmed the Subtle) (1994 [written in 1984]),Ahmed philosophe(Ahmed the Philosopher) (1995),Ahmed se fâche(Ahmed Gets Angry) (1995), andLes Citrouilles(The Pumpkins) (1996). Badiou rewroteL’Écharpe rougeas an opera, and...

  7. L’INCIDENT D’ANTIOCHE TRAGÉDIE EN TROIS ACTES
    (pp. 1-120)

    SCÈNE 1: Dans le lieu officiel de la politique.

    LES DEUX MAURYsont assis sur des chaises d’école, l’un côté cour, l’autre côté jardin, vers le fond.CÉPHASest en avant, le dos tourné au public.

    JEAN MAURY: Il faudra bien qu’ils se décident à faire revenir Villembray. (Silence.) Claude Villembray. Il n’y a plus que cela de possible.

    CÉPHAS: Alors, désirons l’impossible.

    PIERRE MAURY: Collègues dont l’Occident désert compose tout l’ennui! Prospérons à l’abri fracassé des empires d’Orient.

    CÉPHAS: Que je témoigne n’être à jamais aucun d’eux.

    JEAN MAURY: Nul n’est aucun, qui ne soit nous.

    CÉPHAS: Ô nullité...

  8. NOTES
    (pp. 121-136)
  9. A DISCUSSION OF AND AROUND THE INCIDENT AT ANTIOCH AN INTERVIEW WITH ALAIN BADIOU
    (pp. 137-150)
    Ward Blanton, Susan Spitzer and ALAIN BADIOU

    SUSAN SPITZER: In your introduction to your 1997 bookSaint Paul: The Foundations of Universalism, you stated: “Fifteen years ago I wrote a play whose heroine was named Paula.”² This would suggest that the play was written in 1982, the same year thatTheory of the Subjectcame out. Can you situate the play for us and comment on the difference in perspective betweenTheory of the SubjectandThe Incident at Antioch.

    ALAIN BADIOU: There are actually three drafts of the play. The first was finished in 1982, the second in 1984, and the third—written just for the first...

  10. BIBLIOGRAPHY
    (pp. 151-154)
  11. INDEX
    (pp. 155-160)