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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL (5 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826491499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826491497
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Ian Buchanan is Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University, UK.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Guillaume on 8 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
Deleuze and Guattari's 'capitalism and schizophrenia' project, of which Anti-Oedipus is the first part (and A Thousand Plateaus the second) is a majestic, creative, non-linear journey through literature, psychoanalysis, politics, mathematics and beyond. It is an incredibly rich resource for some seriously interesting and innovative approaches to a huge range of concerns both contemporary and historical. However, people have often struggled to make use of such an unwieldy beast. It is not easy to trace Deleuze and Guattari along their apparently crazy but actually totally systematic journey, and to extract the essence of their thought in a way that can be used. Too often, 'readers' guides' to their work have sacrificed subtlety and complexity for clarity, therefore losing what is so essential about Deleuze and Guattari. This one does not. While keeping a keen eye on the utility of Deleuze and Guattari in a manner in which they would have approved, 'Anti-Oedipus: a Readers' Guide' demonstrates the ways in which Anti-Oedipus can be used as a tool for criticism and analysis today. In the course of this demonstration, new dimensions to Anti-Oedipus are exposed and its wealth becomes not only apparent but also undaunting. Essential reading for students of literature, criticism and culture, as well as everyone with an interest in Deleuze and Guattari.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Ozgen on 19 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful to read. It gives vital information about Anti-Oedipus, Deleuze and Guattari's co-operative project, its context, and groundbreaking theory. It does so without tiring the reader. It has a refined language with a sense of humour and this is what I loved most about this book. Buchanan's explanatins of Deleuze and Guattari's theory offers a very enjoyable read... It is a must-read if you are thinking about plunging into Anti Oedipus.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Reading Anti-Oedipus 7 Jun. 2008
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Wonderful book! Clear headed, engaging, enlightening, clarifying, suggestive, provocative...a must read for those engaging Deleuze and Guattari. This is a superb companion to the works of Massumi, Holland, Hardt, as well as Colebrook, Bogue, Braidotti, Patton, DeLanda and Lambert.
Ian Buchanan clearly situates the writing of Anti-Oedipus, clarifies main themes of the book in a very concise and readable way, indicates its global influence, and responds to some key critics (Zizek, Badiou). It provides enlightening thoughts as to the connections to Marx, Nietzsche, and Lacan.
This book is an excellent introduction to those interested in gettting into the works of Deleuze and Guattari. It is also a superb research source for those well-read in the subject area. It certainly sheds some keen insights as to the Nietzschean and Marxian influences. Buchanan is not shy about shedding his gloves to respond to misdirected and naive critics.
Highly recommend the book!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
simply a great book! 10 April 2008
By Huysmans - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful introduction to one of the most essential works of the 21st century and simply a must for every student who's interested in the works of Deleuze and Guattari! Ian Buchanan does not leave any question unanswered and makes everybody want to read Anti-Oedipus over and over again.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
fantastic book and happy reading 27 Mar. 2009
By Iris Kam - Published on
Format: Paperback
as a reader's guide, Ian Buchanan has done a great job in outlining the key and controversial themes of Deleuze and Guattari's work precisely and concisely. However, Buchanan's contribution is more than that. He strategically demonstrates the global influences of Deleuze and Guattari's work with lively examples in contemporary World. Even though the examples are predominately from the English context, there is no difficulty for non-English readers to understand and follow. The book itself has shown vividly how a practical Deleuzian should look like.
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A decent introduction to an a mad(dening) text 26 Jun. 2012
By C. D. Varn - Published on
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While Buchanan seems to be very interested in reconciling Deleuze and Guattari's relationship to classical Marxism as well as illuminating the break with Lacanian analysis embodied in Guattari's writing, this is still a strong introduction to Anti-Oedipus as well as exposition to the slight difference between the Deleuze and Guattari pairing with the prior work of Deleuze's alone. The expansion of Marx's analysis of currency to both economy of an individual's desire and to a way that capitalism works in total. Buchanan also does an excellent job of giving examples in which one can see a clear application to the principles in Anti-Oedipus, which can be an excellent way through a text's whose playful language can be maddening. Furthermore, the brief essay on some of the problematic interpretations and criticism of Anti-Oedipus is quite excellent in and of itself. While this is absolute no substitute for reading the text, it is a good supplement to the original work.
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
the stars are irrelevant 27 Mar. 2009
By Khashayar Roohollahi - Published on
Format: Paperback
Anti-oedipus has been and is the major challenge for me when it comes to the self-deceptive act of reading. I read the original text. I admired their attack on freud, their in-depth analysis of primitive, despotic, capitalist economy-desire relations. Schizo-analysis is also interesting. But the text was difficult, very hard to sink in. So i read the Guide. Still i have a very discomfortable feeling toward d&g. I cant find out who they are, what they want , whats their intention. im suspicious. very suspicious. I understand that they try to analyze functionals of desire by adopting Marx's classic production model . but thats all. I only hope this is not another sign of lapsing into Plato's Utopia. As i hate the man. I also feel the doctrine of desire and its forms being absolutely social manifestations is intentional, and reflects certain ideological leanings. They also ignore the fact this phenomenon is historical being heavily carried out by late postmodern consumerism. I just know that Communism is the brother of capitalism, one can not exist without the help and overall power discourse of the other.
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