Biography of Justin Clemens
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)
(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)
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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Justin Clemens Poems
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
with kinski's yowl i shift straight into dogshit ack i skid & i & he are on another track i hear louise stand by the stove the day through face black with smoke and soot
Sound Urn: Sonnet To Orpheus #5
Eric, tit–keening dank sty; lusty Rosa knew hey–days; yah, Sue sigh, in gun–stained balloon. Then all faces hissed: sigh Hermes, tar more foes, err in demand! Damn weir–soul, Lenin's nicked moon,
Et En Es Eh Er Ed El Et Ta To Ti At An A...
Ohr-stained L, Tin-lead rhos Lot drains. He Holds tain. Er
with kinski's yowl i shift straight into dogshit ack
i skid & i & he are on another track
i hear louise stand by the stove the day
through face black with smoke and soot
each night she lie in bed of straw
the blood–rage in her belly she be just
poor orphan child would rather be
a tree in summer wind the sun
and smog bear down the master see her at