Every ‘One’ – a Crowd, Making Room for the Excluded Middle

Dorothea Olkowski

in Deleuze and Queer Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780748634040
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652563 | DOI:
Every ‘One’ – a Crowd, Making Room for the Excluded Middle

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This chapter examines the relevance of Karen Barad's account of the sea creature called Brittlestar for Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's thoughts about queer theory. It explains that the Brittlestar is a model of intra-action, constantly breaking off and regenerating its bodily boundaries as it enfolds bits of its environment within itself, expelling parts of its own body into the surrounding environment. The chapter discusses the idea that nature makes and unmakes itself experimentally, and that nature's differentiations of its own material were never binary.

Keywords: Karen Barad; Brittlestar; Gilles Deleuze; Felix Guattari; queer theory; intra-action; bodily boundaries; differentiations

Chapter.  8095 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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