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A Shock to Thought

'The world does not exist outside of its expression' The works of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari have had an impact far beyond philosophy. Although they famously claim "the world does not exist outside of its expression", expression remains an overlooked aspect of their work. A Shock to Thought brings together a collection of excellent essays that explore the implications of Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a number of contemporary contexts: beauty versus modernism, reflection to postmodernism, sensation and politics, the conditions of emergence, and the virtual in politics, poetry, music and digital culture. The volume also makes available an interview with Guattari which clearly restates the "aesthetic paradigm" that organizes both his and Deleuze's work. A Shock to Thought will be of interest to all those in philosophy, cultural studies, and art theory. Melissa McMahon, Steven Shaviro, Stephen O'Connell, Brian Massumi, Paul Bains, Garry Genosko, Alan Bourassa, Michael Hardt, Catherine Dale, Thomas Lamarre, Aden Evens, Andrew Murphie, Bracha Lichtenbe
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. That Thinking Feeling '...everything which introduces doubt about the position of mental images and their relationship to one another...'; 1. Beauty: Machinic Repetition in the Age of Art - Melissa McMahon; 2. Beauty Lies in the Eye Steven Shaviro; 3. A esthetics: A Place I've Never Seen - Stephen Zagala; II The Superior; Empiricism of the Human '...everything which disrupts the relationship between things and puts us in touch with certain more acute states of mind...'; 4. A Bestiary of Territoriality and Expression: Poster Fish, Bower Birds and Spiny Lobsters - Gary Genosko; 5. Language, Literature and the Nonhuman - Alan Bourassa; 6. Exposure: Pasolini in the Flesh - Michael Hardt; 7. Cruel: Antonin Artaud and Gilles Deleuze - Catherine Dale; 8. Subjectless Subjectivities - Paul Baines; 9. The Dancer's Body - Jose Gil; III Forces of Expression '...everything which provokes confusion without destroying the strength of an emergent thought...'; 10. Neo-Archaism - Mani Haghighi; 11. Diagram, Inscription, Sensation - Thomas Lamarre; 12. Sound Ideas - Aden Evens; 13. Putting the Virtual Back into VR - Andrew Murphie; 14. Trans-Subjective Transferential Borderspace - Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger; 15. From Transference to the Aesthetic; Paradigm: A Conversation - Felix Guattari and Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger

About the Author

Brian Massumi is in the Department of English at the State University of New York at Albany. He is best known as the translator of Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus and author of The User's Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari.


"'For those interested in new developments in aesthetics, literature, and cultural theory, this will prove an indispensable volume and an inspiring collection.' - Keith Ansell Pearson, University of Warwick 'This volume will have a prominent, indeed privileged place at the interface between philosophical and aesthetic reflections within the burgeoning field of Deleuze-Guattari studies.' - Charles Stivale, Wayne State University"

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