The Parasite

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University of Minnesota Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 255 pages
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Influential philosopher Michel Serres's foundational work uses fable to explore how human relations are identical to that of the parasite to the host body. Among Serres's arguments is that by being pests, minor groups can become major players in public dialogue--creating diversity and complexity vital to human life and thought.


Michel Serres is professor in history of science at the Sorbonne, professor of Romance languages at Stanford University, and author of several books, including Genesis.


Lawrence R. Schehr is professor of French at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. His books include Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minnesota, 2003).

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User Review  - Wythe Marschall - Goodreads

Serres can be unecessarily unclear at times, but overall this web of gems, this song of haiku, inherits the best of Deleuze and (really) Bataille. Who parasites whom? Interruption, static, and the ... Read full review

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I use this book to think about strategies for change in all aspects of life. Read full review


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Satyrs Meals HostGuest
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Michel Serres is a Professor in the History of Science at Stanford University and a member of the Academie Francaise. A renowned and popular philosopher, he is a prize-winning author of essays and books, such as The Five Senses (Grasset/Continuum), Genesis (Grasset/U. of Michigan Press), and Biogee (Le Pommier/Univocal Press).

LAWRENCE R. SCHEHR is Professor of French at the University of Illinois. His most recent books are "Figures of Alterity: French Narrative and Its Others", "French Gay Modernism", and a translation of "The Third Sex".

Cary Wolfe is chair and the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor in the Department of English at Rice University. His books include "What Is Posthumanism?

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