Felix Guattari: A Critical Introduction

Felix Guattari: A Critical Introduction

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By (author) Gary Genosko

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  • Publisher: PLUTO PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 18mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0745328202
  • ISBN 13: 9780745328201
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 248,991

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Praise for Gary Genosko's previous book, Felix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction: 'Genosko skillfully presents the semiotic, psychiatric, and political underpinnings of Guattari's philosophy and activism.' Brian Massumi, University of Montreal This is an introduction to the thought of the radical French thinker Felix Guattari. It is ideal for undergraduates and anyone studying political and cultural theory. Guattari's main works were published in the 1970s and 1980s. His background was in psychoanalysis -- he was trained by Lacan and he practised as a psychoanalyst for much of his life. He developed a distinctive psychoanalytic method informed always by his revolutionary politics. Guattari was actively involved in numerous political movements, from Trotskyism to Autonomism, tackling ecological and sexual politics along the way. A true believer in collectivity, much of his work was written in collaboration, most famously with Gilles Deleuze, with whom he wrote the hugely influential books Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus. He also wrote with Antonio Negri and others. This accessible introduction explores his highly original ideas -- including his ground-breaking conception of 'transversal politics' -- and the impact his concern with subjectivity had on wider political theory.

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Gary Genosko is currently Canada Research Chair in Technoculture at Lakehead University in Canada. He is the author of two books on Felix Guattari, An Aberrant Introduction (2002) and The Party without Bosses: Lesson on Anti-Capitalism from Felix Guattari and Lula da Silva (2003). He has also edited The Guattari Reader (1996) and Deleuze and Guattari: Critical Assessments, 3 vols (2001).

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This book provides valuable insight into the ideas that animated Guattari's thought as well as his life. It is a superb introduction to key concepts such as schizoanalysis, transversality, a-signifying semiotics and various kinds of machine. -- Professor Paul Patton, University of New South Wales A brilliant, long overdue book. It shows once and for all that Guattari was not merely one half of one of the twentieth century's greatest intellectual collaborations, but also a powerful thinker in his own right who did a great deal to transform the way we think about the relation between individuals and society. -- Ian Buchanan, Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, founding editor of the Deleuze Studies Journal Guattarian trailblazer in the English-speaking world, Gary Genosko offers us so effective a Critical Introduction to the work of Felix Guattari that it leads its reader to think that the century of crisis in which we are currently immersed could well be Guattarian. This could affect what has been called, too simply and for too long, Deleuzian philosophy. -- Professor Eric Alliez, Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Middlesex University. Author of The Signature of the World: What is Deleuze and Guattari's Philosophy? (2004) and Capital Times (1994)

Table of contents

Introduction 1: The Formation of a Young Militant 2: Transversality and Politics 3: Subjectivity, Art, and Ecosophy 4: A-signifying Semiotics 5: Informatic Striation 6: Minor Cinema 7: Affect and Epilepsy Conclusion References Index