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Revisiting Style in Literary and Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Articulations

Edited By Jasmin Herrmann, Moritz Ingwersen, Björn Sonnenberg-Schrank and Olga Ludmila Tarapata

The collected volume brings together leading scholars from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities to interrogate the productivity of style as an element of cultural expression and a parameter of cultural analysis. Despite its ubiquity in examinations of artistic singularity or postulations of epochal patterns, style remains a notoriously elusive concept. Suspicious of monolithic definitions, the contributions assembled in this volume address style from a multiplicity of methodological and conceptual angles, drawing from fields that include literary studies, film and media studies, post-structuralist philosophy, philosophy of science, and American cultural studies.

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7 Art, Nature, Ethics: Nonhuman Queerings

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It is not sufficient to liberate sexuality; it is also necessary to liberate ourselves from the notion of sexuality itself.

- Michel Foucault, “Bodies and Pleasure”

This man of negation—yes, even he counts among the very great forces which conserve and affirm life … What is the reason for this sickliness? For man is more sick, more uncertain, more mutable, less defined than any other animal … even when this master of destruction, of self-destruction wounds himself— it is the wound itself which afterwards compels him to live …

- Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals

Already constructed theoretical language does not speak of the mucous. The mucous remains a remainder, producer of delirium, of dereliction, of wounds, sometimes of exhaustion.

- Luce Irigaray, To Speak is Never Neutral

That is the only way Nature operates—against itself.

- Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

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