Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. By Elizabeth Grosz. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011. 280p. $84.95 cloth, $23.95 paper ...
Get this from a library! Becoming undone : Darwinian reflections on life, politics, and art. [Elizabeth Grosz] -- Elizabeth Grosz addresses three related concepts-life, politics, and art-by exploring the implications of Charles Darwin s account of the evolution of species.
In Becoming Undone, Elizabeth Grosz addresses three related concepts—life, politics, and art—by exploring the implications of Charles Darwin's account of the evolution of species. Challenging characterizations of Darwin's work as a form of genetic determinism, Grosz shows that his writing reveals an insistence on the difference between natural selection and sexual selection, the ...
The author traces the evolution of the mobile, from its pioneer days to 1983, noting the works of various artists, often of divergent interests, who express themselves through mobile art.
In the book Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth (2008, Duke University Press, Durham, NC), that is the subject of this panel discussion, Grosz sets out an ontology of art, looking at its forms of emergence as territorialising force, sexual selection, and nonhuman power. In Grosz's terms, art is an art of existence.
Becoming Undone also includes subjects such as racism and classism and, by resting heavily on work done by Irigaray, Grosz is able to explore how new forms of feminist, anti-racist and class theory could be created through her postmodern philosophy. This section of the text, I feel, offers a particularly original and insightful
Abstract. Review of Elizabeth Grosz. Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. viii + 264 pp