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Inanimation : theories of inorganic life

Author: David Wills
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2016] ©20 ©2016
Series: Posthumanities, 35.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Inanimation offers a fresh account of what life is and the ethical and political consequences that follow from this conception. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's observation that 'the idea of life and afterlife in works of art should be regarded with an entirely unmetaphorical objectivity, ' the book challenges the coherence and limitations of 'what lives, ' arguing that there is no clear opposition between a live  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
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Wills, David, 1953-
Inanimation.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015019115
(OCoLC)923017417
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Wills
ISBN: 9781452949987 1452949980
OCLC Number: 946725401
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 318 pages)
Contents: Doubled lives --
Autobiography --
Automatic life, so life: Descartes --
Order catastrophically unknown: Freud --
The blushing machine: Derrida --
Translation --
The point if at all: Cixous and Celan --
Naming the mechanical angel: Benjamin --
Raw war: Schmitt, Jønger, and Joyce --
Resonance --
Bloodless coup: Bataille, Nancy, and Barthes --
The audible life of the image: Godard --
Meditations for the birds: Descartes.
Series Title: Posthumanities, 35.
Responsibility: David Wills.

Abstract:

"Inanimation offers a fresh account of what life is and the ethical and political consequences that follow from this conception. Inspired by Walter Benjamin's observation that 'the idea of life and afterlife in works of art should be regarded with an entirely unmetaphorical objectivity, ' the book challenges the coherence and limitations of 'what lives, ' arguing that there is no clear opposition between a live animate and dead inanimate. Wills identifies three major forms of inorganic life: autobiography, translation, and resonance. Informed by Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, he explores these forms through wide-ranging case studies. He brings his panoptic vision to bear on thinkers (Descartes, Freud, Derrida, Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, Jean-Luc Nancy, Roland Barthes), writers and poets (Hélène Cixous, Paul Celan, William Carlos Williams, Ernst Jünger, James Joyce, Georges Bataille), and visual artists (Jean-François Millet, Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Klee). With panache and gusto, Wills discovers life-forms well beyond textual remainders and translations, in such disparate 'places' as the act of thinking, the death drive, poetic blank space, recorded bird songs, the technology of warfare, and the heart stopped by love."--Publisher description.

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