# Deleuze and American Literature

## Affect and Virtuality in Faulkner, Wharton, Ellison, and McCarthy

Authors: Bourassa, A.

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Bourassa demonstrates what happens when the set of concepts developed by Deleuze come into contact with the complex and philosophically problematic worlds of William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Edith Wharton and Ralph Ellison.

ALAN BOURASSA is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at St. Thomas University, Canada.

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"Bourassa has written a splendid book that speaks to the deep relation of the novel as a literary form to the meaning of being...This book marks an important contribution to the growing theoretical work concerned with reading Deleuze in the context of literature and film." - Choice

"Deleuze and American Literature expertly spins a unique weave of concepts for the analysis of the novel. Affect, event, force, singularity, the outside, and the virtual. These concepts interlace and vary to generate a series of refreshingly original readings of nineteenth and twentieth century authors revolving around the notion of the nonhuman. Provocatively, it is from this notion that Bourassa draws his theory of character. The tension between the humanity of the novelistic character and its nonhuman conditions of literary emergence unfolds into an extended meditation on the difference between morality and ethics, playing out in particular around issues of race and gender. A masterful contribution to literary theory and the philosophy of the novel." - Brian Massumi, University of Montreal and author of Parables for the Virtual

• Literature, Character, and the Human

Pages 1-39

Bourassa, Alan

• Wharton’s Aesthetics and the Ethics of Affect

Pages 41-58

Bourassa, Alan

• Invisible Man: Affect, History, Race

Pages 59-73

Bourassa, Alan

• Cormac McCarthy and the Event of the Human

Pages 75-115

Bourassa, Alan

• The Moral Singularity: Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and McCarthy’s Blood Meridian

Pages 117-135

Bourassa, Alan

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## Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Deleuze and American Literature
Book Subtitle
Affect and Virtuality in Faulkner, Wharton, Ellison, and McCarthy
Authors
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US