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Neocybernetics and Narrative

Bruce Clarke


This book rethinks narrative and media through systems theory. Reconceiving interrelations among subjects, media, significations, and the social, this study demonstrates second-order systems theory’s potential to provide fresh insights into the familiar topics of media studies and narrative theory. This book offers a synthesis of the neocybernetic theories of cognition formulated by biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, incubated by cyberneticist Heinz von Foerster, and cultivated in Niklas Luhmann’s social systems theory. From this foundation, it interrogates media theory and nar ... More

Keywords: narrative media, systems theory, second-order systems theory, narrative theory, neocybernetic theories of cognition, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, Heinz von Forster, Niklas Luhmann

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816691005
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816691005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Clarke, author
Professor, Literature and Science, Texas Tech University