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Narrating the Catastrophe

An Artist’s Dialogue with Deleuze and Ricoeur

An extraordinary collaboration between contemporary art and critical discourse, Narrating the Catastrophe guides readers through unfamiliar textual landscapes where “being” is defined as an act rather than a form. Drawing on Paul Ricoeur’s notion of intersubjective narrative identity as well as the catastrophe theory of Gilles Deleuze, Jac Saorsa establishes an alternative perspective from which to interpret and engage with the world around us. A highly original—and visually appealing—take on a high-profile issue in contemporary critical debate, this book will appeal to all those interested in visual arts and philosophy.

222 pages | 10 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2011

Art: Art--General Studies

Philosophy: General Philosophy

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Chapter 1: Act and Form
2nd Articulation: Interpreting Process in the Flux: The Return of Professor Challenger
Chapter 2: Lost Worlds, Unfamiliar Landscapes: Conceptualising the Text
3rd Articulation: The Dance of Metaphor
Chapter 3: Language and the Line: The Geometrical Abstract Line of Becoming
Chapter 4: Drawing out Deleuze
4th Articulation: Mapping the Mark
Chapter 5: The ‘Appleyness’ of the Apple: On Cézanne and the Figure
Chapter 6: Ageless Children and Amputees
5th Articulation: Bony Landmarks
Chapter 7: Circling the Figure
Chapter 8: Figuring the Circle: The Final Refrain


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