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Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari: Intersecting Lives (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultur) (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism) [Paperback]

Francois Dosse
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21 Oct 2011 European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Felix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequence. From that moment on, Deleuze and Guattari engaged in a surprising, productive partnership, collaborating on several groundbreaking works, including Anti-Oedipus, What Is Philosophy? and A Thousand Plateaus. Francois Dosse, a prominent French intellectual known for his work on the Annales School, structuralism, and biographies of the pivotal intellectuals Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel de Certeau, examines the prolific if improbable relationship between two men of distinct and differing sensibilities. Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and history--particularly the turbulent time of May 1968--play in their monumental work. He also takes the measure of Deleuze and Guattari's posthumous fortunes and the impact of their thought on intellectual, academic, and professional circles.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (21 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231145616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231145619
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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An exhaustive and fascinating account... As a glimpse into a remarkable period in French intellectual history where politics, philosophy, and literary brilliance coalesced, it is captivating. Publishers Weekly Dosse makes Deleuze and Guattari mysterious again. -- Scott McLemee Bookforum 6/1/10 Dosse has produced a magnificently well-researched double biography. -- Terry Eagleton Artforum 4/1/2011 This is a massively researched and rewarding book that will attract the attention of all students of Deleuze and Guattari. Choice Vol. 48 No. 5 A comprehensive and polyvocal biography on the lives and work of Deleuze and Guattari. -- Thomas Nail Foucault Studies No 14

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Francois Dosse is a professor at the IUFM Creteil, the Paris Institute for Political Studies, and the Center for Cultural History, University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He has published several important books on intellectual history, including History of Structuralism: The Rising Sign, 1945--1966 and History of Structuralism: The Sign Sets, 1967--Present. Deborah Glassman is the author of several works on literature, education, and international development and the translator of Dosse's two books on structuralism.

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Guattari and Deleuze are very different persons in their career and background; the latter already a notable philosopher when they started to write together. Francois Dosse has talent to analyxe their thoughts and their partnerships,though it is difficult to say what was exactly the share of each one when they built, fotrexample,tghe test of the "Anti-Oedippe".He is also a good biographer, explaining in detail the original development of these writers. Anyhow, I knew Deleuze's ideas slightly better, especially his ontological notion of the emerging - and returning - new. Many concepts in their common publications have stayed a bit foreign tome, however. I wanted to place these concepts in a wider context - or clarify them a triffle more - and Dosse helped in that. To make a comparison, Dosse has done similar good and lightening work in his other studies: the historyof French structuralism I-II, a goodintroduction into French post-warthinking, and the biography of the ethnograph and philosopher Michel de Certeau, which I read in French.
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