10.27.2008

Deleuze on stage in novel


Interesting take on things over at
this blog called
Theology Reader: as the reference to Gilles Deleuze being brought on Stage .
In a book: Not a pLay.
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Amos Yong on Carl Raschke's GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn.
GloboChrist: Chapters 1 and 2


Chapter One. "Globopomo: The Planetary Postmodern Moment"

________________ Theologian >& Jill and Mona ~ and what's what with staged novels of signifiers.



Carl's second contribution, as I see it, is to bring Gilles Deleuze on stage early in the play rather than Derrida. Now I am not a philosopher but these things DO interest me and from my perspective, I see at least three distinct structural threads going back to Ferdinand de Saussure in the early 20th Century, and that is not counting Lacan.


One is the post-modern literary thread, the usual suspect, that starts with Saussure’s structuralism (or from what he was incoherently hinting at) and winds its way through Russian formalism, post-structuralism, deconstructionism of course, and it is here that a somewhat clichéd Derrida appears to tie the threads together and into the world in which he lived.

Another less travelled road is the cultural thread that starts with Sausurre’s “signifier and signified” and runs through the mythology of Barthes, the cultural anthroplogy of Claude Levi-Strauss, to find its voice in current missiology and cultural wars of the emerging/inherited church.

A related thread is the semiotic, starting with Saussure’s ideas of syntagm and paradigm, morphing into binary logic, Barthes and Baudrillard, media theory (McLuhan) and more recently, new media theory (Manovich) It is this semiotic string that Raschke plucks and we hear the note of Gilles Deleuze sound strong. I raise my glass at this because, as I said, I have been pointing to Deleuze for some time, having once given a lecture on being an entrepreneur in web based mission movements entitled “Like a Rhizome Cowboy”.


Rhizome Cowboy is a term derived from The Fictions of Deleuze and Guattari penned by yers truly.



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Jill and Franny are dying! to read this juicy fictionalfluxcounting of the Philosopher of BEcomings and deterritorializations.