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An [Un]Likely Alliance

Thinking Environment[s] with Deleuze/Guattari

Editor(s): Bernd Herzogenrath
Contributors: Erick Heroux, Irving Goh, Eleni Ikoniadou, Alistair Welchman, Antony Larson, Edward Butler, Elizabeth Grosz,

Book Description

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 Félix 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 Deleuze|Guattari 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, Deleuze|Guattari'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 Deleuzian|Guattarian (i.e. non-dualist and materialist) perspective.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0036-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0036-8
Date of Publication: 01/12/2008
Pages / Size: 375 / A5
Price: £39.99


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 Deleuze|Guattari & Ecology (Palgrave 2008). His fields of interest are 19th and 20th Century American Literature, Critical Theory, and Cultural|Media 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 Body|Politic: A Deleuzian Approach (University of New England Press 2009).