Threat: Essays in French Literature, Thought and Visual Culture (Modern French Identities)

This selection of essays arises from the 2005 Cambridge French Graduate convention at the subject of danger. From the baleful and ubiquitous eyes of surveillance cameras to the ubiquitous danger of overall nuclear annihilation, hazard is all over the place round us. but the phenomenon itself, if certainly it's a unmarried phenomenon, has bought little cognizance. This quantity seeks to therapy this oversight with a set of concise, hard-hitting essays on various subject matters in French tradition. geared up round vital methods to the matter of hazard - (inter)cultural, philosophical, and techniques throughout the visible arts - the publication examines anxiousness, privateness, loss, invasion, and different concerns concerning the subject. although emphasis is put on the modern interval, writers of the French Renaissance additionally obtain due recognition.

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30 Michaux’s description, written in 1956, inspires an event of subjectivity that Deleuze and Guattari could convey in theoretical phrases over fifteen years later. within the first in their quantity sequence at the dating of capitalism to psychoanalysis, L’Anti-Œdipe: capitalisme et schizophrénie I (1972), Deleuze and Guattari hire the time period ‘schizophrenic’ to suggest a fantastic realisation, an issue not limited through linear time or Euclidian geometry. Schizophrenia is the figural illustration of what Deleuze and Guattari name a country of ‘deterritorialisation’: a geographical metaphor for an event of self that's unbounded by way of mounted identities, stereotypes, or 28 29 30 Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, Mille Plateaux (Paris: Minuit, 1980) 199. Deleuze and Guattari, 197. Michaux, Misérable Miracle, 123–4. one hundred ninety Jennifer Burris fiscal preconditions (various types of ‘territorialisation’). This topic is known no longer as a dependent entity yet as event and stream. ‘Ligne de fuite’ this sort of event lends itself to visible illustration. As Boon writes, mescaline’s ‘primary referents are visible artwork and tune: mescal intoxication will be defined as mainly a saturnalia of the categorical senses, and, especially, an orgy of imaginative and prescient. It unearths an optical fairyland, the place the entire senses occasionally subscribe to the play’. 31 Michaux represents the waves of sensation he stories – oceans and typhoons – with sequence of traces. those traces are smooth but cavernous; huge, immense spidery threads that disappear prior to looming up in incessant and spacious curves. They materialise an acceleration of time in house; because the topic melts into hallucination, the frequency of the photographs bring up whereas areas among traces lessen. by utilizing those strains, Michaux is ready to exhibit via his drawings a continual, accelerating, and all-consuming event of time throughout the collapsing of open house. The repetition and patterning of traces, a seismograph recording rhythmic fluctuations of the mind or tremors of the earth, take a fractal shape of their statistical self-similarity and effect of being infinitely recursive. those traces is usually considered a manifestation of Deleuze’s movement-image or his time-image. Deleuze usually describes his ‘imagetemps’ as a ‘ligne de fuite’: a line that has escaped from the circularity of chronology and been introduced, suspended in unfastened movement, into an impassable distance. For Deleuze, movie director and theorist Jean Epstein used to be one of many first creators of cinema who translated such theories to the visible; he understood the character of the shot as temporal standpoint or modulation (time diminished to a chain of routine via space). Michaux’s mescaline 31 Boon, 232.

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