Between Science and Literature: An Introduction to Autopoetics

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University of Illinois Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 192 pages
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Between Science and Literature sets out to introduce the fundamentals of cultural and literary theory to a non-specialist audience. Using ideas about self-reference, performativity, and autopoetics, Livingston constructs an alternate framework in which complex, self-organizing processes occur at all scales, cutting across traditional divisions between words and things, culture and nature. Livingston regards both language and culture as self-referential systems, and argues for an approach that sees language as a part of the world, rejecting the traditional split between words in our minds and things "out there" to which they are supposed to refer. Livingston makes his case by drawing on the work of thinkers across disciplines, ranging from philosophers like Deleuze and Guattari, to sociologists like Niklas Luhmann, to biologists like Stuart Kaufman, as well as historians, gender theorists, and science fiction writers. The reader gets a feel for the concepts and how to use them through a series of model explications and analyses, operational definitions of concepts and terms, extended case studies, and thought experiments. Ira Livingston is associate professor of English and comparative literary and cultural studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of Arrow of Chaos: Romanticism and Postmodernity. N. Katherine Hayles is the John Charles Hillis Professor of Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the author of My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts.
  

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Contents

The Livingthinglikeness of Language
1
Words and Things
4
Thirds and Wings
11
The Order of Things in a Nutshell
15
Artistic Interlude
25
An Introductory Vignette
31
Sometimes a Cigar
36
On Meaning
39
SelfReference II
70
Autopoiesis
78
Defrosting
90
Power and Meaning
97
The Abyss of Distinction
120
The Return to Resemblance
134
Queer in a Queer World
160
An Alienist History
174

Fact and Fiction
43
How Bad Facts Make Good Theories
51
SelfReference I
58

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Ira Livingston is associate professor of English and comparative literary and cultural studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He is the author of "Arrow of Chaos; Romanticism and Postmodernity.

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