The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari: Intersections and Animations

The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari: Intersections and Animations

The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari: Intersections and Animations

The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari: Intersections and Animations

Synopsis

French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari worked together extensively from the 1960s into the 1990s, and the resulting "intersections" of their different sensibilities and modes of knowing fueled powerful alternatives to Marxian and psychoanalytic orthodoxies.Yet readers approaching Deleuze and Guattari's works are often frustrated by the paucity or unfamiliarity of specific examples that might clarify their complex arguments. This timely volume "animates" key concepts and terminology by applying them to provocative readings of literary texts, films, and cultural phenomena--from APOCALYPSE NOW to Cajun music and dance. Drawing extensively from primary and critical sources to elucidate Deleuze and Guattari's theoretical contributions, Stivale reinvigorates their "two-fold thought" for use as an analytical tool in the humanities and social sciences. The book also offers a clear introduction to the precollaborative phase of each thinker's work, an interview Stivale conducted with Guattari, and the first-time English translation of a 1967 essay by Deleuze.

Excerpt

What one says comes from the depths of one's ignorance, the depths of one's own underdevelopment.

-Gilles Deleuze to Michel Cressole (1973c)

To some extent, one is always at the extreme (pointe) of one's ignorance, which is exactly where one must settle in, at the extreme of one's knowledge or one's ignorance, which is the same thing, in order to have something to say.

—Gilles Deleuze to Claire Parnet, abc
(Deleuze and Parnet 1996): "N comme
Neurologie" (N as in Neurology)

Date: Sun, 05 Nov 95 22:30:37 +0100 [16:30 EST]
To: deleuze-guattari@jefferson.village.virginia.edu
From: Melissa McMahon @xxx.xxx
Subject: Deleuze is dead
Sender: owner-deleuze-guattari@jefferson.village.virginia.edu

Tonight it was announced on French radio that Deleuze has committed suicide (one report said that he "s'est défenestré" i.e. threw himself out a window).

***End of File***

When the message above appeared online as electronic mail, I watched the subject line flash across my screen, then let the news settle in. I had not been as jolted by Guattari's death (by natural causes) several years earlier, in 1992, for that news reached me well after the fact, and then in the form of clippings mailed to me by a solicitous French friend. in the intervening years, Internet access became a daily convenience, then a habit (some would claim a necessity), with the Deleuze-Guattari List serving as an anchor for . . .

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