Zornitsa Dimitrova


Expression as Mimesis and Event

My work is an attempt to think together two reading worlds: one committed to the notion of mimesis and its reassurance machinery and the other, of a Deleuzian breeding, that favours planes of immanence and events as surface effects. Writing with Deleuze, I will show how these movements – of surfaces, depths, and their interchangeability – are grounded in the Spinoza-inspired concept of expression, a purely relational entity which circulates through and envelops both beyond contradiction and discord. Expression, then, rather than presenting me with a monolithic mould, would be scaffolded out of various “stellar” conjunctions within a system that continually revisits its relations. Itself a poiesis-theoria compound, it would all the while allow its components to enter new situations and to reform differently. Thus equipped, and hopefully somewhat extending Deleuze’s interpretation, my reading of expression will be offered as yet another way to look at literary texts beyond signification, the representational or interpretive strategies on the hunt for background meaning, meanwhile retaining representation as a possibility. Within this gesture, I will explicate the complicity between mimetic statements and Deleuzian sense-events while testing the robustness of this concept against a short collection of in-yer-face plays plus several works by Martin Crimp and Laura Wade.

Fach: Anglistik und Literaturwissenschaft
Betreuer/innen: Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer


seit 11/2010 Promotion an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster
2008 - 2010 Studium der Fachrichtung English Literatures and Literary Theory (MA) an der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
2004 - 2008 Studium der Philosophie an der Sofia Universität St. Kliment Ohridski
2005 - 2006 Studiunaufenthalt und Weiterbildung an der an der Kendriya Hindi Sansthan (KHS), Agra
2001 - 2005 Studium der Indologie an der Sofia Universität St. Kliment Ohridski


Vorträge & Publikationen

28-30.05.2011 "Immanent Mimesis. A Story of Literary Representation That is Forgetful of Plato." Aesthetics and Politics. Annual Conference of the Nordic Society of Aesthetics. Copenhagen.

"Expression as Mimesis and Event. Walking Towards the Subjectless." Creation, Crisis, Critique. Fourth International Deleuze Conference. Copenhagen.
Dimitrova, Zornitsa (2012) "Accumulation, Transmission and the Movement of the Seventh Series." Deleuze Studies 6 (3): 464-84.
29-31.05.2013 "Gesture Between Expression and Sense. Towards a Cosmology." Gesture. University of Oslo.
8-10.07.2013 "From Expression to Sense. Questions of Placing." The Territory In-Between. Sixth International Deleuze Studies Conference. University of Lisbon.
14-17.07.2014 "Deleuzian Phantasms and Crimp’s Politics of Terror." What Happens Now? 21st Century Writing in English. University of Lincoln
14-16.07.2014 "The Imperative of Objects or Plays with Literary Machines." Models, Machines and Memories. Seventh Deleuze Studies Conference. Istanbul.
18-20.11.2014 "The Ideal Game and ‘The Hunger Artist.’" Ethics of Play. Charles University, Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy. Prague.
16-18.04.2015 "Participation without a Code." Play, Perform, Participate – Intermedial Intersections. University of Utrecht.
24-26.04.2015 "A Theatre of Objects – A Drama of Potentialities." Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom. University of Athens.
29.06-01.07.2015 "Immanence as Taking Leave. Notes on the locus amoenus of Philosophy." Daughters of Chaos: Practice, Discipline, A Life. University of the Arts, Stockholm.