Medieval Identity Machines

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U of Minnesota Press

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I won't rate the book since I am the one who wrote it (and I am rather proud of the thing!) but I'm placing this comment here to give some context to the very first review. Every time I come across it by landing on this page it re-triggers for me what was a not very pleasant episode in my life. I have written about it at the blog "In the Middle" where you can find a post called "The Darker Side of Blogging" (September 4 2011). There you will find some context for the reviewer's remarks, if you so wish:
Jeffrey Cohen

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The negative review below is by a total kook.


Times Machines i
The Solitude of Guthlac
The BecomingLiquid of Margery Kempe
On Saracen Enjoyment

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Page xiv - It is at work everywhere, functioning smoothly at times, at other times in fits and starts. It breathes, it heats, it eats. It shits and fucks. What a mistake to have ever said the id. Everywhere it is machines real ones, not figurative ones: machines driving other machines, machines being driven by other machines, with all the necessary couplings and connections.
Page xii - Deleuze argued, is: [an] intensive way of reading, in contact with what's outside the book, as a flow meeting other flows, one machine among others, as a series of experiments for each reader in the midst of events that have nothing to do with books, as tearing the book into pieces, getting it to interact with other things, absolutely anything, . . . [this] is reading with love [une manière amoureuse].

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