Beautiful Chaos: Chaos Theory and Metachaotics in Recent American Fiction (SUNY series in Postmodern Culture)

Beautiful Chaos: Chaos Theory and Metachaotics in Recent American Fiction (SUNY series in Postmodern Culture)

Explores the best way chaos conception is included within the paintings of such writers as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Don DeLillo, and Michael Crichton.

Beautiful Chaos is the 1st publication to envision modern American fiction in the course of the lens of chaos thought. The ebook makes a speciality of fresh works of fiction by way of John Barth, Michael Crichton, Don DeLillo, Michael Dorris, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Carol Shields, and Robert Stone, all of whom contain facets of chaos thought in a single or extra in their novels. They accomplish this via their disruption of traditional linear narrative kinds and their use of strategic tropes of chaos and order, yet also--and extra considerably for an figuring out of the interplay of technological know-how and fiction--through their self-conscious include of the present rhetoric of chaos theory.

Since the ebook of James Gleick's Chaos: creating a New Science in 1987, chaos conception has been taken up through a large choice of literary critics and different students of the humanities. whereas contemplating the connection among chaos idea and up to date American fiction, Beautiful Chaos info simple assumptions approximately orderly and dynamic platforms and some of the manifestations of chaos thought in literature, together with mimesis, metaphor, version, and metachaotics. It additionally explains specific good points of orderly and dynamic platforms, together with entropy, bifurcation and turbulence, noise and data, scaling and fractals, new release, and unusual attractors.

"I imagine the nice contribution of this e-book lies within the diversity of literary texts that it covers. even though different authors have formerly argued for the significance of chaos idea to literary learn, this ebook has the advantage of discussing a few texts now not formerly linked to chaotics, therefore demonstrating its applicability to modern literature in general." -- N. Katherine Hayles, writer of Chaos sure: Orderly sickness in modern Literature and Science

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