Deleuze and Literature

Deleuze and Literature

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Although he is best known as a philosopher, Deleuze's interests were extremely far reaching - in addition to his important critiques of major philosophers like Kant, Hume and Spinoza, he also wrote extensively on literature, cinema and art. Characteristically, he didn't apply philosophy to the arts, he always tried to extract philosophy from them. Deleuze wrote widely on literature, but always with an eye to extract something new and interesting, never merely to interpret. Indeed, his most notorious slogan was 'don't ask what it means? Ask how it works?' He wrote monographs on Proust, Kafka and Sacher-Masoch. He also wrote essays on Beckett, Melville, Jarry, T.E. Lawrence, D.H. Lawrence, and Whitman. The essays collected in this volume are the first devoted solely to Deleuze's work on literature. Written by leading Deleuzian scholars the essays focus on two main questions: how does Deleuze read literary texts? And how can we read texts in a Deleuzian way? Contributors: Bruce Baugh, Ian Buchanan, Claire Colebrook, Andre Pierre Colombat, Tom Conley, Hugh Crawford, Marlene Goldman, Eugene W. Holland, Greg Lambert, John Marks, Timothy S. Murphy and Kenneth Surin
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 23mm | 446g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0748612076
  • 9780748612079
  • 1,636,528

Table of contents

Introduction: Deleuze and Literature; Ian Buchanan & John Marks; 1. Deleuze and Signs; Andre Pierre Colombat; 2. How Deleuze Can Help Us Make Literature Work; Bruce Baugh; 3. The 'Paterson' Plateau: Deleuze, Guattari, and William Carlos Williams; Hugh Crawford; 4. 'Underworld': The People are Missing; John Marks; 5. Inhuman Irony: The Event of the Postmodern; Claire Colebrook; 6. On the Uses and Abuses of Literature for Life; Greg Lambert; 7. 'A Question of an Axiomatic of Desires': the Deleuzian Imagination of Geoliterature; Kenneth Surin; 8. Transvestism, Drag and Becomings: A Deleuzian Analysis of the Fictions of Timothy Findley; Marlene Goldman; 9. Only Intensities Subsist: Samuel Beckett's 'Nohow On'; Timothy S. Murphy; 10. Nizan's Diagnosis of Existentialism and the Perversion of Death; Eugene W. Holland; 11. I and My Deleuze; Tom Conley.
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Deleuze and Literature makes a detailed and convincing case for why Deleuze deserves to be taken seriously by students of literature.
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About Ian Buchanan

Ian Buchanan is Director of the Institute for Social Transformation Research, University of Wollongong. He is the author of A Reader's Guide to Anti-Oedipus and Deleuzism: A Metacommentary, and Editor of the journal Deleuze Studies. John Marks is Reader in French in the Department of Modern Languages at The Nottingham Trent University. He is the author of Gilles Deleuze: Vitalism and Multiplicity
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