Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism

2015.02.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Ardoin, S. E. Gontarski, and Laci Mattison (eds.), Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism, Bloomsbury, 2014, 284pp.,
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2015.02.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Paul Ardoin, S. E. Gontarski, and Laci Mattison (eds.), Understanding Deleuze, Understanding Modernism, Bloomsbury, 2014, 284pp., $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781623563493. Reviewed by James Williams, University of Dundee In his essay from this collection on Deleuze and modernism, 'Diagrammatic Modernism: Abstraction, Immanence, and the Positions of Style', Joe Hughes suggests an important definition of modernism through techniques. His argument is partly that Deleuze's philosophy can be understood as the introduction of modernist techniques into philosophy in order to break with 'habits and conventions of reading and writing philosophy' (38). Hughes names 'collage, deformation, decontextualization and defamiliarization' as such techniques (39). Though this collection makes claims towards an understanding of Deleuze and of modernism, not least in its title, it also fits this definition of modernism. There is an. . .

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