Literature, Ethics, and Aesthetics: Applied Deleuze and Guattari
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Sabrina Achilles. Literature, Ethics, and Aesthetics: Applied Deleuze and Guattari. Pallgrave Macmillan, 2012. 230 Pages.
Release date: March 27, 2012 | ISBN-10: 023034089X | ISBN-13: 978-0230340893
This book is a conceptualization of the literary aesthetic in relation to ethics, in particular, an ethics for a concern for the Self. Bringing Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's constructivist thinking into a practical domain, Sabrina Achilles rethinks the ways in which literature is understood and taught. Through an interdisciplinary approach, literature is viewed from the position of a problem without any pre-given frame.
Sabrina Achilles is a lecturer of English at the University of Western Sydney.
Hardcover: 230 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 27, 2012)
Printed book Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.8 inches
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Ethics, and Aesthetics, Sabrina Achilles THE LITERARY FUNCTION 15 flows” (434). However, it is argued in chapter 5, “The Literary Function and Society II: Community and Subjectification,” that the literary function performs its own capture when it takes the signs of culture within its folds and returns them to phylum. Chapter 5 explores the literary function in terms of the production of subjectification and community, which are considered to counter the forces of models of realization and
thought of as “facts,” to which our (interesting) utterances must correspond (or fail to). (Gould, 1995:22–23)6 Rorty himself is against the correspondence between statement and world, but he does not avoid this paradigm when comparing sets of descriptions in order to arrive at a signified world outside them. Ironically, it is due to the vicissitudinous nature of language, its ubiquity, that this quasi-dialecticism happens (albeit by default rather than by design). Theory, Practice, and the
intuition—there is nothing to say what side is right or wrong. The difference, states Rorty, is that for philosophy the indefinable values are not the object of study, but more provisional questions are. However, context—the difference between eternal and provisional questions—is still within the realm of a transcendental signified, that is, the invisible sign. In his article “The Post Modern Dead End” (1986), Guattari criticizes postmodernism’s ethics of noncommitment, attributing it to a
which proceeds by primary non-localizable relations and at every moment passes through every point, “or rather in every relation from one point to another.” (1988:36) For Deleuze, abstract machines are the cause of concrete assemblages. Concrete assemblages execute the relations of the abstract machines so that “these relations between forces take place ‘not above’ but within the 10.1057/9781137015785 - Literature, Ethics, and Aesthetics, Sabrina Achilles LITERARY FUNCTION AND THE
possessiveness. It is also, rather more subtly, that the idea of autonomy—of a mode of being which is entirely self-regulating and self-determining—provides the middle class with just the ideological model of subjectivity it requires for its material operations. (1990:9) Cultural Criticism against the Aesthetic Michel Foucault’s geneological approach to literature is arguably the principal influence upon cultural criticism’s antiaesthetic trend. In some cases, it has resulted in a shunning of