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An [Un]Likely Alliance: Thinking Environment[s] with Deleuze/Guattari [Hardcover]

Bernd Herzogenrath

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1 Dec 2008
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.

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  • Hardcover: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (1 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443800368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443800365
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,597,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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..the diversity and high standard evident throughout this collection convincingly underlines Herzogenrath's claim that the most effective way fo environmental philosophy to proceed is through the cultivation of multiple ecologics --Sam Wiseman, The Kelvingrove Review, Issue 5, 2010

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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).

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