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Chaos and Order : Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science - N. Katherine Hayles

Chaos and Order

Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science

By: N. Katherine Hayles (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 1991
ISBN: 9780226321448
Number Of Pages: 316

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The scientific discovery that chaotic systems embody deep structures of order is one of such wide-ranging implications that it has attracted attention across a spectrum of disciplines, including the humanities. In this volume, fourteen theorists explore the significance for literary and cultural studies of the new paradigm of chaotics, forging connections between contemporary literature and the science of chaos. They examine how changing ideas of order and disorder enable new readings of scientific and literary texts, from Newton's Principia to Ruskin's autobiography, from Victorian serial fiction to Borges's short stories.
N. Katherine Hayles traces shifts in meaning that chaos has undergone within the Western tradition, suggesting that the science of chaos articulates categories that cannot be assimilated into the traditional dichotomy of order and disorder. She and her contributors take the relation between order and disorder as a theme and develop its implications for understanding texts, metaphors, metafiction, audience response, and the process of interpretation itself. Their innovative and diverse work opens the interdisciplinary field of chaotics to literary inquiry.

Introduction: Complex Dynamics in Literature and Science
Chaos More Than Metaphor
Literature, Complexity, Interdisciplinary
Fictions as Dissipative Structures: Prigogine's Theory and Postmodernism's Roadshow
The Chaos of Metafiction
The Emplotment of Chaos: Instability and Narrative Order
Order: Revisioning Form
Representing Order: Natural Philosophy, Mathematics, and Theology in the Newtonian Revolution
The Authorization of Form: Ruskin and the Science of Chaos
Linear Stories and Circular Visions: The Decline of the Victorian Serial
Science and the Mythopoetic Mind: The Case of H.D. Adalaide
Chaos and Order: Probing the Limits
Representation and Bifurcation: Borges's Garden of Chaos Dynamics
Modeling the Chaosphere: Stanislaw Lem's Alien Communications
Negentropy, Noise, and Emancipatory Thought
Michael Serres: In Search of a Tropography
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ISBN: 9780226321448
ISBN-10: 0226321444
Series: New Practices of Inquiry
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st January 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.37  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2

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