Becoming Plant: a supplement to Roger Caillois' compendium of 'le fantastique naturel'

Mikuriya, Theresa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6383-406X (2021) Becoming Plant: a supplement to Roger Caillois' compendium of 'le fantastique naturel'. Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (53). pp. 100-111. ISSN 1756-9575

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Abstract

The French sociologist and Surrealist renegade Roger Caillois is known for his writings on mimicry. Caillois defines mimicry as a "dangerous luxury of nature", thus setting himself apart from Darwinian evolutionary theory and siding with a Bataillian transgressive understanding of expenditure. In his invoking of insect life forms and their behaviours and transformations, Caillois sought to challenge and re-write biological received wisdom. This essay examines an example from the insect and plant domain, the dongchong xiaocao, which would have intrigued Caillois and it uses this surmise to re-assess Caillois' contribution to contemporary thought.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Arts > Cultural history
Literature
Medicine and health
Natural sciences
Depositing User: Theresa Mikuriya
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 13:15
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:15
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7796

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