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Subject: Re: PLC: Re: delillo underworld
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2000 16:36:53 +1100

Hi Troy, 

Thanks so much for that response. We both seem to have seen the same
thing in DeLillo, but from different angles. 

Unfortunately I am behind schedule with my novel so should do
it first meaning don't rush a reply and apologies for the short post. 

For now,  quickly, I got my reading from reading Deleuze's seminars on
Leibniz, which at first, brought into what I was trying to work out
about some structural problems I was unsure of in my novel writing
attempts, and then bounced onto another way of unpacking the thinking
in DeLillo.

The Leibniz seminars are at: 
or by following the links from:>ranslations.html

-if they are of any interests or use to you, that is. I am not wanting
to nor am I writing anything on DeLillo, so if this helps, you are
welcome to it.

best wishes, Chris Jones.

> Yes, I am very interested in Underworld. I recently submitted to a journal
> an essay I wrote dealing with DeLillo's use of chaos theory, Heraclitus'
> philosophy, and Bell's THeorem - especially regarding his concept of
> history. I see his concept of history being more molded by those things -
> especially Bell's Theorem, as applied to History. Bell's Theorem is a theory
> of quantum physics that states that whenever any two particles come into
> contact with one another, they forever influence each other in a completely
> random and unpredictable manner. We are not just talking a changed
> trajectory from having bounced off of each other either. We are talking
> about differences in spin, momentum, everything. If one particle undergoes a
> change a thousand years after contacting a particle, it still affects that
> other particle. I took this idea and looked at the way DeLillo represents
> history. If you look at the interactions of his characters, you see that
> seemingly small interactions between people sometimes become big (as chaos
> theory would predict), and that each interaction between people forever
> alters their trajectories through life. 
> Troy Camplin
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