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Essays, articles, artworks, and documents taken from and inspired by the symposium on Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia: Complicity with Anonymous Materials, which took place in March 2011 at The New School. Hailed by novelists, philosophers, artists, cinematographers, and designers, Cyclonopedia is a key work in the emerging domains of speculative realism and theory-fiction. The text has attracted a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary audience, provoking vital debate around the relationship between philosophy, geopolitics, geophysics, and art. At once a work of speculative theology, a political samizdat, and a philosophic grimoire, Cyclonopedia is a Deleuzo-Lovecraftian middle-eastern Odyssey populated by archeologists, jihadis, oil smugglers, Delta Force officers, heresiarchs, and the corpses of ancient gods. Playing out the book’s own theory of creativity – “a confusion in which no straight line can be traced or drawn between creator and created – original inauthenticity” – this multidimensional collection both faithfully interprets the text and realizes it as a loving, perforated host of fresh heresies. The volume includes an incisive contribution from the author explicating a key figure of the novel: the cyclone.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. A Brief History of Geotrauma
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. An Inhuman Fiction of Forces
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  1. Root the Earth: On Peak Oil Apophenia
  2. pp. 45-58
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  1. Dustism
  2. pp. 59-100
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  1. Queerness, Openness
  2. pp. 101-114
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  1. Non-Oedipal Networks and the Inorganic Unconscious
  2. pp. 115-130
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  1. Symptomatic Horror: Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space"
  2. pp. 131-146
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  1. Cyclonopedia as Novel (a meditation on complicity as inauthenticity)
  2. pp. 147-158
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  1. What is a Hermeneutic Light?
  2. pp. 159-172
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  1. Black Infinity; or, Oil Discovers Humans
  2. pp. 173-180
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  1. Gourmandized in the Abattoir of Openness
  2. pp. 181-192
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  1. Phileas Fogg, or the Cyclonic Passepartout: On the Alchemical Elements of War
  2. pp. 193-212
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  1. The Untimely (and Unshapely) Decomposition of Onto-Epistemological Solidity: Negarestani's Cyclonopedia as Metaphysics
  2. pp. 213-224
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  1. . . . Or, Speaking with the Alien, a Refrain . . .
  2. pp. 225-254
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  1. Receipt of Malice
  2. pp. 255-278
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  1. Symposium Photographs
  2. pp. 279-286
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  1. Notes on the Figure of the Cyclone
  2. pp. 287-299
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780615600468
MARC Record
OCLC
945782695
Pages
310
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-26
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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