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Deleuze/Guattari & Ecology
Edited by Bernd Herzogenrath
 
 
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What does 'ecology' mean if this concept cannot be grounded anymore in an essentialist and clear-cut separation of nature and culture, nature and man, human and non-human, as Deleuze and Guattari – in both their individual and collective works – suggest? '[M]an and nature are not like two opposite terms confronting each other – not even in the sense of bipolar opposites within a relationship of causation, ideation, or expression (cause and effect, subject and object, etc); rather they are one and the same essential reality, the producer-product' (Anti-Oedipus 4-5).

Deleuze/Guattari's 'generalized ecology' turns Ecology into a complex transdisciplinary project linking philosophy, art, sociology, literature, politics, music, history, the hard and soft sciences. Deleuze/Guattari offer a perspective on ecology as a comprehensive natural ontology of complex material systems, without falling into the trap of the Cartesian dualism of 'nature' and 'culture' that is still operative in much of the mainstream of ecological/ecocritical approaches.


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What does 'ecology' mean if this concept cannot be grounded anymore in an essentialist and clear-cut separation of nature and culture, nature and man, human and non-human, as Deleuze and Guattari – in both their individual and collective works – suggest? '[M]an and nature are not like two opposite terms confronting each other – not even in the sense of bipolar opposites within a relationship of causation, ideation, or expression (cause and effect, subject and object, etc); rather they are one and the same essential reality, the producer-product' (Anti-Oedipus 4-5).

Deleuze/Guattari's 'generalized ecology' turns Ecology into a complex transdisciplinary project linking philosophy, art, sociology, literature, politics, music, history, the hard and soft sciences. Deleuze/Guattari offer a perspective on ecology as a comprehensive natural ontology of complex material systems, without falling into the trap of the Cartesian dualism of 'nature' and 'culture' that is still operative in much of the mainstream of ecological/ecocritical approaches.


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Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
Ecology and Realist Ontology; M.DeLanda
A Thousand Ecologies; R.Bogue
Structural Couplings: Radical Constructivism and a Deleuzian Ecologics; H.Berressem
Subjectivity and Art in Guattari's The Three Ecologies; G.Genosko
Artists or 'Little Soldiers?' Félix Guattari's Ecological Paradigms; V.A.Conley
Subjectivity, Desire, and the Problem of Consumption; J.Maskit
Political Science and the Culture of Extinction; D.Olkowski
Katrina; J.Protevi
Technoecologies of Sensation; L.Parisi
Eco-Aesthetics: Beyond Structure in the Work of Robert Smithson, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari; S.Zepke
The 'Weather of Music:' Sounding Nature in the 20th and 21st Century; B.Herzogenrath
Deleuze and Deliverance: Body, Wildness, Ethics; M.Halsey
Intensive Landscaping; Y.Abrioux
Art for Animals; M.Fuller
 


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BERND HERZOGENRATH teaches American Literature and Culture at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. He is the author of An Art of Desire: Reading Paul Aster (1999), and the editor of From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of Yesterday and Today (2001), and The Films of Tod Browning (2006). Forthcoming is an anthology on Travels in Intermedia(lity).