Narrating the Catastrophe (Book)

An Artist’s Dialogue with Deleuze and Ricoeur

An extraordinary collaboration between contemporary art and critical discourse, Narrating the Catastrophe guides readers through unfamiliar textual landscapes where “being” is defined as an act rather than a form. Drawing on Paul Ricoeur’s notion of intersubjective narrative identity as well as the catastrophe theory of Gilles Deleuze, Jac Saorsa establishes an alternative perspective from which to interpret and engage with the world around us. A highly original—and visually appealing—take on a high-profile issue in contemporary critical debate, this book will appeal to all those interested in visual arts and philosophy.

Category: Visual Arts


As visual artist, writer and researcher, Jac Saorsa's work questions what it is to be human in a social world, and focuses on the ways in which identity can be constructed and deconstructed in both word and image. After completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Contemporary Drawing Practice at Loughborough University in 2004, Jac has taught in universities in Costa Rica, Cyprus and Portugal and is currently Lecturer in drawing at Cardiff Metropolition University School of Art and design. Jac has presented her work internationally at exhibitions, conferences and seminars. She is a studio and research advisor for the Transart Institute, and a member of the advisory board for several contemporary art journals.

She is ther author of Narrating the Catastrophe, a philosophical and visual study of the nature of the creative drawing process, published in 2011 by Intellect and current projects include Drawing Out Deleuze, an extended series of drawings based on Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition andOsmosis: we are a long way from Eden which focuses on the human-plant relation in terms of medical science.

Act and Form 

Lost Worlds, Unfamiliar Landscapes: Conceptualising the Text

Language and the Line: The Geometrical Abstract Line of Becoming 

Drawing Out Deleuze: Documenting the Stone

The ‘Appleyness’ of the Apple: On Cezanne and the Figure Head

Ageless Children and Amputees Ampute

Circling the Figure: The Dyer Drawing

Figuring the Circle: The Final Refrain

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