“The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”, (Audrie Lorde) But can another turn in the machine ever make it something different as well as driving it in deeper? After how many turns does a dialectical machine produce not only a new synthesis or antithesis but also a nondialectical machine? When or where does literary canon change produce not only a new canon but also a new relation between canonicity and disciplinarity? The logic of feedback loops isn’t circular. Moments of mutation are not in themselves liberatory but they are moments of possibility, openings onto other machines, moments not of prediction and control but where the future is actively uncharted.
Arrow of Chaos: Romanticism and Postmodernity (Theory Out of Bounds)