Beyond Representationalism: Deleuze and Guattari, Feminist Posthumanism and Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands
Idema, Tom Joeri
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This thesis deals with the cultural and scientific paradigm of "representation" and the ways in which forms of cultural expression challenge and transgress this paradigm. The three main sources under study are (1) texts by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, (2)texts by the feminist posthumanist scholars Rosi Braidotti, Claire Colebrook, Elisabeth Grosz, Dorothea Olkowsky and (3) a piece of creative writing by Mexican-American writer-scholar Gloria Anzaldua entitled Borderlands: The New Mestiza. The objective of this thesis is three-fold: (1) to provide a better understanding of how post-representationalist strategies function in these texts, (2) to enable cross-pollinizations between the different texts, and (3) to think with these texts in ways that yield new directions for post-representationalist research.