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Deleuzian Note: Matter/Content/Expression

It's been a while since I read Deleuze. Having not really read much theory or philosophy over the last year or so, I've decided to attempt A Thousand Plateaus over the next few months. I did toy with the idea of doing a chapter-by-chapter summary on this blog, but given the dubious time-keeping of my other continuous project, the 40 monograph challenge, that would probably be hubristic. However, I think there's a good chance I'll want to reflect on certain points of this magnum opus. I should add that these are very much musings, and I may change my mind about all or some of what I say here or in any other notes as  I read on.

The chapter I've just read - 'The Geology of Morals' - was provocative in a few ways. In particular, I'd like to later reflect on the way materialism and language are invoked within it (two key interests of mine), but first of all a rather more basic point of interpretation (which might seem simplistic or perhaps slightly off-base…

40 Monograph Challenge #10: Life - Organic Form and Romanticism

Well, I am a quarter of the way through the monograph challenge, and the calendar disappointingly tells me it is already week 20 of 2013! Eeeek. The end of term with its marking, conferences, meetings, away days and general fatigue really is hectic, but I'll plough on regardless until the next curricular explosion in October and see how far I can get...

Title: Denise Gigante, Life: Organic Form and Romanticism (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009)

Methodology: in rapport with the Medical Humanities, but with a strong formalist/aesthetic streak
Critical Context: the established body of work on Romanticism and science, Romanticism and medicine and Romanticism and vitalism (e.g. Sharon Ruston's book, which was #3 in this project). The longer history of Romantic organicism (e.g. G.S. Rousseau, Cleanth Brooks)
Thesis: A phase of life science in the late eighteenth- and early ninteenth-century determined an idea of Life as not material organisation but a creative force behind materia…