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Title: Lines of flight : Gilles Deleuze and the becoming of world literature
Author: Stones, Andrew
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 4912
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis stages an encounter between theories of World Literature and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, using the concept of the line of flight as philosophical motif and methodological refrain. Initially, this will take the form of a critique of representational and metaphorical modes of reading in the work of two prominent world-literary theorists, Franco Moretti and Pascale Casanova. In contrast, the second chapter develops a materialist semiotics of world literature referred to as a geoliterature, utilising the concepts developed by Deleuze in collaboration with Félix Guattari and with special focus on Francophone Algerian literature as its practical elaboration. The third chapter extends this theorisation to present an alternative philosophy of postcolonial difference to dialectical models, reading Deleuze's early work on Henri Bergson and his critique of Hegelian dialectics alongside the fiction of Zimbabwean novelist Dambudzo Marechera. The fourth chapter argues that this postcolonial Bergsonism makes Deleuze's philosophy of time, as presented in Difference and Repetition, already a postcolonial alternative to theories of the subject belonging to European modernity. This argument is made by reading Deleuze's 'three syntheses of time' through three contemporary world- literary works by J.M. Coetzee, Amitav Ghosh and Alexis Wright respectively. In each chapter the line of flight returns as a conceptual motif (whether as the scream in Assia Djebar's work, the rejection of recognition in Dambudzo Marechera's Black Sunlight, or the disjunctive synthesis of the future embodied by Alexis Wright's The Swan Book). The Coda draws these readings together, arguing for a speculative cartography which thinks the becoming of world literature via the aesthetic figure of the line of flight and an ethics of fabulation rather than representation, taking the study of world-literary theory beyond the paradigms of nationalism and globalism which have thus far structured its theoretical development in the field.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: PN Literature (General)