Time and History in Deleuze and Serres edited by Bernd Herzogenrath (Continuum, Uk, 2011, Hardcover)

The first critical appraisal of Deleuze and Serre’s ‘joint’ conception of time and history.

Pub. date: 15 Dec 2011 (Hardcover)


For Gilles Deleuze, time is ‘out of joint’. For Michel Serres, it is ‘a crumpled handkerchief’. In both of these concepts, explicit references are made to the non-linear dynamics of Chaos and Complexity theory, as well as the New Sciences. The groundbreaking work of these key thinkers has the potential to instigate a radical break from traditional existentialist theories of time and history, affording us the opportunity to view history and historical events as a complex, non-linear system of feedback-loops, couplings and interfaces. 

In this collection, the first to address the comparative historiographies of Deleuze and Serres, twelve leading experts – including William Connolly, Eugene Holland, Claire Colebrook and Elizabeth Grosz – examine these alternative concepts of time and history, exposing critical arguments in this important and emerging field of research.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Bernd Herzogenrath \ 
2. What is Revolutionary in Deleuze and Guattari’s Philosophy of History?, Eugene W. Holland \ 
3. Michel Serres: From the History of Mathematics to Critical History, David Webb 
4. Deleuze, Foucault and History, Paul Patton \ 
5. Ulyssean Trajectories: A (New) Look at Michel Serres’s Topology of Time, Maria Assad \
 6. Time Folded and Crumpled: Time, History, Self-organisation and the Methodology of Michel Serres, Kelvin Clayton \ 
7. Posthuman Humanities Claire Colebrook 
8. Deleuze on Bergsonian Duration and Nietzsche’s "Eternal Return", Nathan Widder \ 
9. Time Out of Joint, Elizabeth Grosz 
10. The Crumpled Handkerchief, William Connolly and Jane Bennett \ 
11. Crystal History: 'You Pick Up the Pieces. You Connect the Dots', Hanjo Berressem \ 
12. A Physical Theory of Heredity/Heresy: The Education of Henry AdamsBernd Herzogenrath 
Bibliography \ Index


Bernd Herzogenrath is Professor of American Studies at the University of Frankfurt, Germany.