Matthew S. May's Deleuze, Femininity and the Specter of Poststructuralist PDF

By Matthew S. May

During this thesis I reconsider the materiality of rhetoric in a minor key. I overview
poststructural and psychoanalytic endeavors to place rhetoric from in the
postmodern and poststructural critique of the topic. I circulate past the good judgment of
influence (dependent on a mistaken perception of item) and hermeneutics (the
correspondingly fallacious methodology). In thisendeavor, I essentially enlist Deleuze and
Guattari (1987) for a conceptual gear that enlivens the “thinness” of rhetoric’s
(neo)Aristotelian conceptual layout (cf. Gaonkar, 1997a, 1997b). I supply Monster(2003)
as a case learn, interpreting the discursive expression of nondiscursive summary machines to
draw out the reterritorializations of the latter. spotting the impossibility of entire
reterritorialization I map one artifact that reinvests distinction in itself, Dancer within the
Dark(2000). eventually, within the epilogue I offer a quick recapitulation of youngster politics,
and supply a summarization of the software of rhetoric.

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1 There is no single regime of expression, but rather a contiguous mixture of forms, such that “it is impossible to attach any particular privilege to the form or regime of the ‘signifier’” (p. 111) (emphasis added). 112). We are left with a method that, though somewhat technical, does not fall into the trappings of a depth hermeneutic or the idolatry of a supreme signifier. The method, in short, follows the movement of deterritorialization and reterritorialization at the level of the regime of signs.

But one day they’d all see. I heard that Marilyn Monroe was discovered in a Soda Shop and I thought for sure it could be like that. So I started going out real young and I was always secretly looking for who was going to discover me. Was it this guy, or maybe this one? You never knew. But even if they couldn’t take me all the way, like Marilyn, they would somehow believe in me just enough, they would see me for what I could be and think I was beautiful, like a diamond in the rough. They would take me away to my new life, and my new world, where everything would be different.

5) Griggers is concise in her application of Deleuze and Guattari, yet her analysis is somewhat confusing on two points. First, she attempts to discuss faciality as an abstract machine, that is, a purely virtual regime of signs, yet spends the majority of the book discussing how faciality produces an intelligible and perceptible system of biunivocalizing aspects for actually existing faces. This comes close to confusing the actual face with the process of faciality, which articulates signs and meaning to emotions, bodies, gestures, and other flows of energy-matter that may be regulated-produced as intelligible and/or perceptible, but have nothing to do with an actual face.

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