Blog Piece: Aesthetics of the Ordinary in Ranciere’s The Nights of Labor: The Workers’ Dream in Nineteenth-Century France (1989)

By Mosarrap H. Khan Jacques Ranciere’s The Nights of Labor: The Workers’ Dream in Nineteenth Century France (1989) is a compelling study of labor history in 19th century France. The book is an exploration of the aesthetic aspirations of the working-class in France around the time of July Revolution, 1830. Ranciere deviates from the prevalent…