'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide

Pataphysics A Useless Guide Of all the French cultural exports over the last years or so pataphysics the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions has proven to be one of the most durable Originating

Of all the French cultural exports over the last 150 years or so, pataphysics the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions has proven to be one of the most durable Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless, and almost impossible to understaOf all the French cultural exports over the last 150 years or so, pataphysics the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions has proven to be one of the most durable Originating in the wild imagination of French poet and playwright Alfred Jarry and his schoolmates, resisting clear definition, purposefully useless, and almost impossible to understand, pataphysics nevertheless lies around the roots of Absurdism, Dada, futurism, surrealism, situationism, and other key cultural developments of the twentieth century In this account of the evolution and influence of pataphysics, Andrew Hugill offers an informed exposition of a rich and difficult territory, staying aloft on a tightrope stretched between the twin dangers of oversimplifying a serious subject and taking a joke too seriously Drawing on than twenty five years research, Hugill maps the pataphysical presence partly conscious and acknowledged but largely unconscious and unacknowledged in literature, theater, music, the visual arts, and the culture at large, and even detects pataphysical influence in the social sciences and the sciences He offers many substantial excerpts in English translation from primary sources, intercalated with a thorough explication of key themes and events of pataphysical history In a Jarryesque touch, he provides these in reverse chronological order, beginning with a survey of pataphysics in the digital age and working backward to Jarry and beyond He looks specifically at the work of Jean Baudrillard, Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, J G Ballard, Asger Jorn, Gilles Deleuze, Roger Shattuck, Jacques Pr vert, Antonin Artaud, Ren Clair, the Marx Brothers, Joan Mir , Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Flann O Brien, Raymond Roussel, Jean Pierre Brisset, and many others.

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Pataphysics A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill Frenchman Alfred Jarry , a diminutive queer alcoholic raised on Rabelais and steeped in Symbolism, could be called the John the Baptist of modernism. Pataphysics A Useless Guide Paperback Buy Pataphysics A Useless Guide Reprint by Andrew Hugill ISBN from s Book Store Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Pataphysics A Useless Guide De Montfort University Of all the French cultural exports over the last years or so, pataphysics the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions has proven to Pataphysics useless guffaw AM Magazine We are biased towards usefulness Pataphysics resists this bias It bombards us with samples of the inutilious Rennes schoolboys invented the world pataphysics Pataphysics A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill, Andrew Hugill masterfully manages the apparent impossibility of writing seriously about a subject that makes unseriousness its core I discovered pataphysics at age Pataphysics A Useless Guide by Andrew Hugill Pataphysics has ratings and reviews Branden said Andr Gervais suggested the artist who said There is no solution because there is no problem Pataphysics a useless guide ResearchSPAce Of all the French cultural exports over the last years or so, pataphysics the science of imaginary solutions and the laws governing exceptions has proven to be Customer reviews Pataphysics A Useless Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for Pataphysics A Useless Guide MIT Press at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. A pataphysical education The Fortnightly Review A Fortnightly Review of Pataphysics A Useless Guide Andrew Hugill MIT Press pp . . By Paul Cohen Bien pataphysic vous SINCE Pataphysics Pataphysics or pataphysics French pataphysique is a difficult to define literary trope invented by French writer Alfred Jarry Pataphysics A useless guide.

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  1. Branden William

    André Gervais suggested: the artist who said 'There is no solution because there is no problem' would not accept Pataphysics-- which is, as Jarry said, the 'science of imaginary solutions'-- at face value. However, the "science of imaginary solutions" is an incomplete definition. The full definition, of course, reads: "Pataphysics is the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments." The word 'pataphy [...]

  2. Kate

    "La pataphysique est la fin des fins.""La pataphysique est la fin des faims.""La pataphysique est la faim des fins.""La pataphysique est le fin du fin.""The apostrophe resembles a hiccup before the loud belch that is the word.""The 'Pharus Foetidus Viscera,' or 'Olfactory Lighthouse,' by Maxine Edison, is a cylindrical pedestal topped by a bell jar and surrounded by metal octopus arms. Inside the jar, a unicorn horn slowly rotates, causing it to secrete a green goop that resembles shampoo gel. T [...]

  3. Tosh

    A good all-in-one-volume study on Pataphysics, with an incredible amount of information regarding its authors, artists, etc. My problem with the book is that it is at times very academic, yet there are wonderful stories within the pages. It is also nice to see Boris Vian get some credit in the English language regarding his work and talent as a personality in the world of Pataphysics. My only other complaint, is a personal one, that I wished that the author Andrew Hugill would acknowledge my pre [...]

  4. Will Buckingham

    An excellent, brisk and entertaining survey of the 'Pataphysical landscape; although, given the role of plagiarism by anticipation in 'Pataphysics, I was disappointed that the backward spiral stopped with Jarry. A final chapter looking at some of those anticipatory plagiarists, would have been a nice ending to the book

  5. Asa Wilder

    If physics proposes: “You have a brother and he likes cheese”, then metaphysics replies :”if you have a brother, he likes cheese. But ‘Pataphysics says : ”You don’t have a brother and he likes cheese”. ’Pataphysics is the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, whether within or beyond the latter’s limitations, extending as far beyond metaphysics as the latter extends beyond physics. Pataphysics will be, above all, the science of the particular, despite the comm [...]

  6. Clinton

    As daunting (daunting? impossible?) a task it is to pen a guide to 'pataphysics, Andrew Hugill comes about as close as one can. That being said, he hits some snags from the beginning, the biggest being that the creation of a conventional guide to 'pataphysics is in itself utterly unpataphysical. If you expect this book to leave you with a greater understanding of the subject, I am sorry to tell you it will not. If, however, you would like a concise, lucid overview of the fascinating history of ' [...]

  7. Huibert

    Well done, AHAH! Especially the 1st chapter that deals with the present was very useful to me: how 'Pataphysics almost came to an end in the seventies and how it rose again with the rise of the internet Not everyone's cup of tea, but if you are a Pataphysician, which you are, either aware or unaware: unmissable. HH Spoorenberg OB OK OCS

  8. Steve Rosenstein

    Excellent introduction, overview, and all-around reference book for a (wonderfully) confounding topic. Another great place to start is with Evergreen Review number 13, 'What is Pataphysics?', which is available online as a download for $2.95 on their website.

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