When I was working on my conclusion for the edited volume Agamben’s Philosophical Lineage, which I have entitled “Agamben as a Reader of Agamben,” I had frequent reference to the order of publication of Agamben’s works, which sometimes surprised me as an English-language reader. I naively assumed that the order of publication in English would more or less track with the Italian, but the time lags have been much more varied than one might think. I also realize that I sometimes conflated my own personal experience of stumbling across certain works with the time they must have been released (I just assumed the Seminary Co-Op would always be up to date, and I wasn’t always right). I’m just going to list the bibliography in order “below the fold” and then add some remarks.
(The first year indicates the Italian publication, and in parentheses after I add the English translation if applicable. For ease of use, I will refer only to English titles and omit subtitles.)
1970, The Man Without Content (1999)
1977, Stanzas (1993)
1978, Infancy and History (1996)
1982, Language and Death (1991)
1985, Idea of Prose (1995)
1990, The Coming Community (1993)
1995, Homo Sacer (1998)
1996, Means Without End (2000)
1996, The End of the Poem (1999)
1998, Remnants of Auschwitz (1999)
*1999, Potentialities — essay collection originally published in English; the same collection was later published in Italian in 2005
2000, The Time that Remains, 2005
2002, The Open (2004)
2003, State of Exception (2005)
2005, Profanations (2007)
2006, What is an Apparatus? (2009)
2007, Nymphs (2013)
2007, The Kingdom and the Glory (2011)
2008, The Signature of All Things (2009)
2008, The Sacrament of Language (2011)
2009, Nudities (2011)
2010, The Church and the Kingdom (2012)
2010, The Unspeakable Girl (2014)
2011, The Highest Poverty (2013)
2012, Opus Dei (2013)
2013, The Mystery of Evil (forthcoming 2016)
2013, Pilate and Jesus (2015)
2014, The Fire and the Tale (forthcoming 2016)
2014, The Use of Bodies (2016)
2015, Stasis (2015)
2015, Gusto (don’t know)
2015, L’avventura (don’t know)
2015, Pulcinella (don’t know)
2016, What is Philosophy? (translation planned)
One thing that stands out to me is how slow his early publication schedule is compared to the 2000s and especially the 2010s. I also tend to think of The End of the Poem as belonging to the pre-Homo Sacer era, and some of the individual essays do stem from earlier, but a good portion of the book is contemporary with or even after Homo Sacer, and the same may be said of Potentialities. (Indeed, a more patient person might augment this list with the individual essays collected in those books.)
Also striking to me is the fact that Nymphs, which I took to be emblematic of the “late Agamben” given its small format, actually came right in the midst of some of the most famous recent works — it isn’t an afterthought, in other words. The same goes for The Unspeakable Girl.
Mentally, I also tended to group the method books together as a “later” occurence, but they really came fast and furious during the middle of the Homo Sacer era — and I think it is really telling that they were clustered around The Kingdom and the Glory, which radically expanded the scope and altered the approach compared to the initial three HS volumes and likely occasioned more explicit methodological reflection (which frankly may have been helpful going into the first volume).
The real stunner here, I think, is the fact that both The Time That Remains and The Open — arguably his two most generative books aside from Homo Sacer itslef, in terms of his own development — were so early, coming even before State of Exception. And that makes it all the more strange that they could not find their way into the architectonic of the Homo Sacer series.
These are probably not the most interesting or rigorous comments I’ve ever written — mostly I just wanted to provide an easy “at a glance” list of the order of his works. I welcome any thoughts in comments or, more likely, on Facebook.