For Gilles Deleuze, time is 'out of joint'. For Michel Serres, it is 'a crumpled handkerchief'. In both of these concepts, explicit references are made to the non-linear dynamics of Chaos and Complexity theory, as well as the New Sciences. The groundbreaking work of these key thinkers has the potential to instigate a radical break from traditional existentialist theories of time and history, affording us the opportunity to view history and historical events as a complex, non-linear system of feedback-loops, couplings and interfaces.
In this collection, the first to address the comparative historiographies of Deleuze and Serres, twelve leading experts - including William Connolly, Eugene Holland, Claire Colebrook and Elizabeth Grosz - examine these alternative concepts of time and history, exposing critical arguments in this important and emerging field of research.
About the Author
Bernd Herzogenrath is Professor of American Studies at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.
Table of Contents
Introduction \ 1. Non-Linear Historical Materialism; Or,What is Revolutionary in Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy of History?, Eugene W. Holland \ 2. Time Folded and Crumpled: Time, History, Self-Organization and the Methodology of Michel Serres, Kevin Clayton \ 3. Michel Serres: From the History of Mathematics to Critical History, David Webb \ 4. Deleuze, Foucault and History, Paul Patton \ 5. Ulyssean Trajectories: A (New) Look at Michel Serres's Topology of Time, Maria Assad \ 6. Posthuman Humanities, Claire Colebrook \ \7. Deleuze on Bergsonian Duration and Nietzsche's "Eternal Return", Nathan Widder \ 8. Time Out of Joint, Elizabeth Grosz \ 9. The Crumpled Handkerchief, William Connolly and Jane Bennett \ 10. A Physical Theory of Heredity/Heresy: The Education of Henry Adams, Bernd Herzogenrath \ 11. Crystal History: 'You Pick Up the Pieces. You Connect the Dots', Hanjo Berressem \ Bibliography \ Index
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