• Idiot science for a blue humanities: Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Deleuze’s mad Cogito

    Author(s):
    Steven Swarbrick (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    CLCS Renaissance and Early Modern, Environmental Humanities, Literary theory
    Subject(s):
    Ecocriticism, Deleuze and Guattari, Shakespeare, Psychoanalysis, Oceans, Deleuze, Anthropocene
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Blue humanities
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/e91h-na27
    Abstract:
    Can we imagine a Blue Humanities that takes the non-relation as a starting point for ecological thought? I believe we can. Following Shakespeare and Deleuze, this essay engages in a thought experiment that, if it is not too absurd, might, like the ship of fools of medieval times, unmoor the Blue Humanities from its current safe harbor by putting the thought of ‘our’ world under erasure. This is not a matter of turning thought around, such that, by turning to the sea, we turn thought away from calculation and instrumental reason and rediscover our true nature. Rather, the image of thought I pursue here is narcissistic. Reading Shakespeare and Deleuze in a minor key, we will see that narcissism not only makes our relations doubtful, but also enfolds the non-relation as the very inside/outside of ecological thought.
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    Published
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