Justin Clemens

(22 April 1969 - / Australia)

Biography of Justin Clemens

Justin Clemens poet

Justin Clemens (born 22 April 1969) is an Australian academic known for his work on Alain Badiou.

A former lecturer in the Psychoanalytic Studies department at Deakin University, Clemens now teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne where he earned his degrees.

Clemens is currently Secretary of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne, Australia, and art critic for the Australian magazine The Monthly. In his own published work, he writes extensively on psychoanalysis, contemporary European philosophy, and literature. Clemens has also published poetry and prose fiction.

Justin Clemens has written extensively in and about philosophy, poetry and art-criticism. His poetry books include The Mundiad and Villain, and he has co-edited and contributed to many major collections on thinkers such as Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan and Jacqueline Rose. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Monthly, Meanjin, Overland, Heat, The Autralian Book Review, The Age, The Australian, and elsewhere. His recent works include the poetry chapbook Me 'n' me trumpet, Minimal Domination, a collection of art-criticism, and Forgetting Takes Work, an online digital artwork made in collaboration with Adam Nash and Christopher Dodds. He is currently working on a book with A.J. Bartlett about the concept of impossibility.

Justin Clemens's Works:

Translated books and articles

Badiou, Alain, "On a Contemporary Usage of Frege", trans. Justin Clemens and Sam Gillespie, UMBR(a), no. 1, 2000, pp. 99-115.
Infinite Thought: Truth and the Return to Philosophy. Translated and edited by Clemens & Oliver Feltham, (London: Continuum, 2003)

Creative works

(poetry) The Mundiad. (Melbourne: Black, Inc. Publishing, 2004)
(novella) Black River. With collages by Helen Johnson, (Melbourne: re.press, 2007)
(poetry) Villain. (Melbourne: Hunter Contemporary Australian Poets, 2009)

Authored books

The Romanticism of Contemporary Theory: Institutions, Aesthetics, Nihilism. (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2003)
Avoiding the Subject: Media, Culture and the Object. (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2004)

Edited collections and books

Jaques Lacan and the Other Side of Psychoanalysis: Reflections on Seminar XVII. Clemens & R. Grigg (eds.), (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006).
The Praxis of Alain Badiou. Paul Ashton, A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens (eds.), (Melbourne: re.press, 2006).
The Work of Giorgio Agamben: Law, Literature, Life. Edited with Nicholas Heron and Alex Murray. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008).
Badiou: Key Concepts. Bartlett & Clemens (eds.), (London: Acumen, 2010). Contributions from various Badiou scholars and translators including, along with Clemens and Bartlett, Bruno Bosteels, Ray Brassier, Oliver Feltham, Z.L. Fraser, Sigi Jottkandt, Nina Power, and Alberto Toscano
The Jacqueline Rose Reader. Edited by Clemens & Ben Naparstek (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011) - forthcoming

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Dürer: Innsbruck 1945

I, quiet, reflecting, reversed my inanimate lids,
not knowing then that the high heavy black
spires and closed roofs had often shrunk to snows
in the waters glimpsed in the vision
of an interloper air. At the back, cowled in the real
All, now I find Dürer repeats once more,
that, slumberous, the alien dead trespass on mind
to find colourful ignorance, dream-painted waters,
men’s books warned of it. As robber of the would-be,

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