An (un)likely Alliance: Thinking Environment(s) with Deleuze/Guattari

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Cambridge Scholars, 2008 - Philosophy - 367 pages
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This volume presents an original and in-depth study devoted to the discussion and relevance of the notion of 'the environment' and 'ecology' within the frame-work and 'ontology' of the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari. Their non-dualist and materialist re-thinking of these issues is analyzed from various positions within Cultural Studies and the Sciences. 'Thinking Environment[s]' with DeleuzeuGuattari is thus far removed from what might be termed '(intellectual) tree-hugging'-it is a call to think complexity, and to complex thinking, a way to think the environment [and environments] as negotiations of human and nonhuman dynamics. Such a thinking by default carefully evades [Cartesian] dualisms such as 'nature' versus 'culture, ' 'biology' versus 'technology, ' or 'natural' versus 'artificial.' At a time when the distinctions [as well as the transitions] between 'nature' and 'culture' are getting more and more fluid, DeleuzeuGuattari's alliance with environmental thinking turns out to be a rather fruitful, exciting, and likely one, one that allows for a single mode of articulating environmental, evolutionary and technological registers and relations and for the conceptualization of a general, non-anthropocentric ecoscience. This book thus aims at a radical re-thinking of these concepts from a DeleuzianuGuattarian (i.e. non-dualist and materialist) perspectiv

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About the author (2008)

Bernd Herzogenrath teaches American Literature and Culture at the University of Frankfurt. He is the author of An Art of Desire: Reading Paul Auster (Rodopi 1999), and the editor of From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of Yesterday and Today (Rodopi 2001), The Cinema of Tod Browning (Black Dog 2006), and DeleuzeuGuattari & Ecology (Palgrave 2008). His fields of interest are 19th and 20th Century American Literature, Critical Theory, and CulturaluMedia Studies. Future publications include Edgar G. Ulmer: Essays on the King of the B's (McFarland 2009), Travels in Intermedia[lity]: ReBlurring the Boundaries (Mellen Press 2009), and An American BodyuPolitic: A Deleuzian Approach (University of New England Press 2009).

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