The cadence of becoming

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Hourigan, Daniel. 2010. "The cadence of becoming." Westbrook, Anna and Farrell, Charlotte (ed.) UNSW Postgraduate Symposium (EMPA 2010): Metamorphoses: Transformations, Transgressions. Sydney, Australia 10 Sep 2010 Sydney, Australia. https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1817373
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The cadence of becoming

Presentation TypeKeynote
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AuthorHourigan, Daniel
EditorsWestbrook, Anna and Farrell, Charlotte
Journal or Proceedings TitleEnglish, Media and Performing Arts Postgraduate Symposium (EMPA 2010)
Number of Pages16
Year2010
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1817373
Conference/EventUNSW Postgraduate Symposium (EMPA 2010): Metamorphoses: Transformations, Transgressions
Event Details
UNSW Postgraduate Symposium (EMPA 2010): Metamorphoses: Transformations, Transgressions
Event Date
10 Sep 2010
Event Location
Sydney, Australia
Abstract

Whether we discuss philosophy, psychoanalysis, or other literatures, today there is an urgent need to confront and traverse the contingency that belies the persistence of the speaking-subject. An all too ordinary analysis would suggest that symptoms manifest in response to a Cause that annihilates all other valuations. But what has been shown here today is that we cannot conclude in nihilism because, structurally speaking, it is contingency that is revealed by nihilistic clearing, and this contingency juxtaposes the persistence of the subject to the abyss of Ground: this persistence is untimely, it is past and future, it is a symptom laden with jouissance. Contingency, in this way, enables metamorphoses through transformations or transgressions by delimiting the conditions of possibility. In Palahniuk's romantic minimalism this is the fragility of the logos of community, and in Gibson's cyberpunk you can really die in cyberspace. Both of these examples offer a way to understand the possibility for transformation and transgression through recognising the formal incompleteness of the existence of the speaking-subject in their change, transformation, and transgression - their contingent Becoming.

Keywordscontingency; symptom; cyberpunk; literary minimalism; American literature; philosophy; Slavoj Zizek; Quentin Meillassoux; Schelling
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520406. Sensory processes, perception and performance
500315. Philosophy of mind (excl. cognition)
470514. Literary theory
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Byline AffiliationsGriffith University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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