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Chaosmos
Literature, Science, and Theory
Chaosmos
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Philip Kuberski - Author
SUNY series, The Margins of Literature
Price: $52.50 
Hardcover - 211 pages
Release Date: July 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1913-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1913-7

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Paperback - 211 pages
Release Date: July 1994
ISBN10: 0-7914-1914-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-1914-4

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"Kuberski has a talent for boldly synthesizing large currents of contemporary thought and extrapolating equally bold conclusions. While some of his assertions will give pause to scholars with a more empirical bent, there are few pages in this book where the reader does not experience the shock of the new. The concerns addressed in this book, ranging from revisions in critical theory to alternate metaphysical foundations of a postmodern epistemology, are obviously important in themselves and central to virtually all disciplines in the humanities." -- Robert L. Nadeau

This book shows how writers like James Joyce, James Merrill, and Doris Lessing; scientists like Gregory Bateson, Ilya Prigogine, and David Bohm; and theorists like Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Michel Serres forecasted and initiated a shift away from modernist conceptions of the world as a machine; the self as an isolated, enclosed principle, and representation as a reductive survey of the world and the self.

The focus of this book is the "chaosmos" (a Joycean coinage) apparent within the atom and also within analogous "nuclear" sites such as the self, the word, the organism, and the world. By "chaosmos," Kuberski intends a unitary and yet untotalized--a chiasmic--concept of the world as a field of inevitable and intermittent interference and convergence, a multi-leveled complexity from which emerge organisms, languages, and selves. In exploring and mapping chaosmos, Kuberski emphasizes significant convergences of literary and philosophic, deconstructive and organistic, Eastern and Western, and scientific and humanistic points of view.

Philip Kuberski is Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University. He is the author of A Calculus of Ezra Pound: Vocations of the American Sign and The Persistence of Memory: Organism, Myth, Text.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

I. Towards Chaosmos

The Situation
Literature and Science
New Reckonings
Chaosmos

II. Joycean Chaosmos and the Self-Organizing World

Joyce's Critique of Enlightenment
Joycean Holography

III. The Chaosmic Self

Resonances
Eliot's Upanishad
Lacan's Mystical Ejaculations
Forster's Permanent Parabasis
The Chaosmic

IV. Chaosmoi

The Apocalyptic Tone
Mailer's Ancient Egypt
Merrill's Other World
Lessing's Evolutionary Universe

Conclusion

Endnotes

Index



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