Rewriting Modernity

McCaffrey, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-8336-9860, 2015. Rewriting Modernity. Cultural Politics, 11 (2), pp. 275-292. ISSN 1743-2197

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Abstract

This article rereads Paul Virilio, drawing on the distinctionbetween topography and topology to argue a case for Virilio as a rewriter of modernity. Invoking Jean-François Lyotard’s notion of rewriting modernity as an unbroken process of accumulation founded on affective life in “Re-writing Modernity” and “Argumentation and Presentation: The Foundation Crisis,” it enlists topology as a horizontal spatial structure that enables us to rethink space, time,and modernity outside the limits of the “squared horizon,” where the“squared horizon” is viewed as a spatial and textual metaphor for framing perspectives on the past, present, and future. The analysis deconstructs the topography of the “squared horizon” as a relationality in an unfolding continuum, where spaces exist ontologically and where the immaterial forces of the dromospheric and the atmospheric generate a relational and historical connectedness.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Cultural Politics
Creators: McCaffrey, E.
Publisher: Duke University Press
Date: 2015
Volume: 11
Number: 2
ISSN: 1743-2197
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1215/17432197-2895831DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Nov 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26339

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