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This book is an original exploration of Deleuze's dynamic philosophies of space time and language bringing Deleuze and futurism together for the first time Helen Palmer investigates both the potential for creative novelty and the pitfalls of formalism within both futurist and Deleuzian linguistic practices Through creative and rigorous analyses of Russian and Italian futurist manifestos the 'futurist' aspects of Deleuze's language and thought are drawn out The genre of the futurist manifesto is a literary and linguistic model which can be applied to Deleuze's work not only at times when he writes explicitly in the style of a manifesto but also in his earlier writings such as Difference and Repetition 1968 and The Logic of Sense 1969 The way in which avant garde manifestos often attempt to perform and demand their aims simultaneously and the problems which arise due to this is an operation which can be perceived in Deleuze's writing With a particular focus on Russian zaum the book negotiates the philosophy behind futurist 'nonsense' language and how Deleuze propounds analogous goals in The Logic of Sense This book critically engages with Deleuze's poetics ultimately suggesting that multiple linguistic models operate synecdochically within his philosophy


10 thoughts on “Deleuze and Futurism

  1. says:

    This was a book I was suspicious of from the get go Deleuze and futurism? What in the world could they have to do with each other? Deleuze never openly wrote on the futurists and his artistic and literary references Antonin Artaud Lewis Carroll Herman Melvile Francis Bacon Franz Kafka and D H Lawrence to name a few certainly didn’t scream the name of a Futurist aesthetic Yet such is the strength of Helen Palmer’s powerfully argued case that by the turn of this study’s last page a believer and a dunce I’ve been made to be In truth through Palmer doesn’t so much identify Deleuze as a futurist so much as she diagnoses what she refers to as a ‘futurist drive’ that courses through his writings one made especially manifest at the level of Deleuze’s theories about and practise of linguistic exerciseIndeed Deleuze’s engagements with the uestion of language have often been a source of puzzlement if not outright neglect for commentators who commonly declare Deleuze to have situated himself beyond the so called ‘linguistic turn’ commonly associated with the work of Jacues Derrida and Michel Foucault No doubt this owes to the obscurity of Deleuze's pronouncements on language which tend to trade at a level of elliptic abstractness that defies easy explication Yet when shone through the lens of Palmer's futurist prism the colours and relief of the Deleuzian take on language come through in spectacular fashion coalescing in the light of a movement whose concrete expression works to give body to aerialities of Deleuze's complex conceptual manoeuvres In fact half the fun of Palmer's book comes from her detailing of futurism itself with its fascinating blend of aesthetics politics and even geographical inflection split as the movement was between its Italian and Russian roots Her examination of the various futurist manifestos together with their poetic innovations and stylistic idiosyncrasies makes for a learning experience unto itself bringing to the fore a period of intense creative ferment deserving of study in its own regard And when placed alongside the work of Deleuze with their shared concerns regarding uestions of speed and temporality space and materiality metaphor and performativity each serves to illuminate the other in a mutual glow well worth attending toFor all that it is worth mentioning that this isn’t exactly an exhaustive study While the poetic vicissitudes of Deleuze and the futurists are explored in magnificent depth and while Palmer is at pains to point out the way in which Deleuze’s reflections on language stand metonymically for his philosophical approach as a whole other aspects of Deleuze work so central to his reflections on language I have in mind specifically his notion of the ‘event’ seem relatively underdeveloped A reading of the 'Logic of Sense' this is not Still if you’ve ever wanted to see Artaud and Khlebnikov Carroll and Marinetti along with all the other doyens of the modernist avant garde spoken about in a key both philosophical and literary and hell you should want to see it there are few better places to turn to than this excellent work


  2. says:

    Only at page 60 so far but setting it aside for nowIt's dense and reads like a PhD thesis but the little that is not going over my head is strikingly brilliant Extra points for the anus always being terror