The Two-Fold Thought Of Deleuze And Guattari: Intersections And Animations (Critical Perspectives) Paperback – 28 Jul 1998
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"Stivale has written a most useful introduction to the work of Deleuze and Guattari. And he has produced one of the most interesting demonstrations of its power and importance in contemporary thinking. Hopefully, it will be impossible for people in cultural studies to ignore Deleuze and Guattari's contributions in the future. This is a book for the novice and the expert, the philosopher and the critic." --Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Part commentary, part archive, part memoir, part extension and elaboration of key concepts, Stivale's book provides an exhilarating conceptual journey through Deleuze and Guattari's 'two-fold' thought. In the spirit of these authors' own writing, this book is a textual rhizome which combines analysis and commentary with fragments of net discussion, interviews, reports of conferences and personal reminiscences. It offers a wealth of scholarly information and a translation of Deleuze's 1967 article 'How do we recognize structuralism?'. Above all, it animates central concepts of schizo analysis and rhizomatics by reading Deleuze and Guattari's texts alongside the script of "Apocalypse Now," the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson, Michel Tournier's Gilles and Jean and the spaces of affect found in Cajun music. These textual encounters provide the occasion for helpful exegesis of such Dailies-Guattarian concepts as assemblage, body without organs, becoming-woman, becoming-cyborg, nomad war machine, ritournello and hecceit, but they also take the reader on a roller coaster ride across the contemporary cultural landscape seen through Deleuzian spectacles. The result is an effortless and entertaining introduction to key concepts of Deleuze and Guattari's collaborative work." --Paul Patton, Department of General Philosophy, University of Sydney
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Here's a brief orientation to a more complex one!
The main purpose of this book on the French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari is to provide readers with an introductory orientation to different facets of the authors collaborative writings. Starting with the seminal _Anti-Oedipus. Capitalism and Schizoanalysis_ I (1972), Deleuze and Guattari undertook an ambitious project that spanned twenty years and developed an interdisciplinary reflection on the possibilities and practices of "thinking the multiple." That is, they redefined the grounds on which critical thinking might proceed, drawing from and leading into an array of domains and perspectives, from/to art and cinema, semiotics and technoculture.
I examine their writings in relation to -*intersections*- between Deleuze and Guattaris production of concepts while also developing creative -*animations*- of the thought that these intersections suggest to Deleuze and Guattari's readers and interlocutors. As each of the primary texts by Deleuze and Guattari is now available in translation, I am fully aware that no commentary or gloss can replace direct engagement with them. However, this orientation to their collaboration is meant to assist readers to approach the primary texts more fruitfully and also to consider possibilities of working with concepts introduced within them.
I have attempted to adopt a reading strategy according to the authors' own method for critical collaboration, their -*pensée à deux*- or "two-fold thought" (my free translation of "thought" or "thinking shared by two"). Indeed, this "two" of "two-fold" actually produces "n--folds" if we understand this collaborative activity as a constant overlap of two particular sensibilities and -modes of knowing. So I proceed by enfolding the authors' conceptual intersections- articulated by this "two-fold thought" within my complementary, illustrative -*animations*-, i.e. "enlivening" readings (in the French sense of -*animer*-) derived from these "intersections." The purpose of these "animations" is to take the Deleuze-Guattarian reflections as a platform for a creative understanding of selected texts and thereby to produce a useful orientation for readers interested in developing their own work *with and beyond* the authors' primary writings.
In the opening chapter, I situate the "two-fold thought" in terms of Deleuze and Guattari's collaborative pre-history and trace several reading trajectories through their early writings.
In section I, I engage the initial conceptual explosion that Deleuze and Guattari produced in _Anti-Oedipus_ and _Kafka. Toward a Minor Literature_, juxtaposing their challenges to psychoanalysis and Marxism with a textual "cluster" around the creation and production of Francis Ford Coppola's _Apocalypse Now_, and then with recent development of interchanges in cyberspace as one approach for comprehending Deleuze and Guattari's provocative conceptual model of the "rhizome".
In section II, I extend this understanding of different terms -- machines, plateaus, becomings, among others -- from different literary and socio-cultural perspectives: the "literary seam" that Deleuze and Guattari mine throughout _A Thousand Plateaus_ (chapter 4), an animation of the concept of "becomings" as portrayed in "cyberpunk" fiction" (chapter 5), the expression of a literary "war machine" in a tale by the French writer Michel Tournier (chapter 6), and "spaces of affect" in the "event" of Cajun music and dance practices (chapter 7).
In section III, rather than attempt to "conclude" a study on authors who deliberately situated their works "in-between" beginnings and endings, I move toward "closure" with three "Post-Texts": both my 1985 interview with Guattari, "Pragmatic/ Machinic" (chapter 8), and the complementary "Comments on a Meeting with Gilles Deleuze" (chapter 9), reveal the generosity, patience and lively friendship that these men offered to anyone interested in engaging their work and thoughts. Following these "Comments," I take up a well-known quote by Michel Foucault -- "perhaps one day, this century will be known as Deleuzian" -- to reflect upon how one might "be Deleuzian" in our era, drawing from their final collaborative work, _What Is Philosophy?_ and from a work particularly dear to these authors, Carlos Castaneda's "search" for power and knowledge following the teachings of Don Juan. I develop these reflections so that this production of intersections and animations might reveal ways in which Deleuze and Guattari offer us philosophy conceived "other-wise" by allowing us means to conceptualize the complexity of creation and existence in terms of our "actuality." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product description
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