Deleuze and Queer Theory

Deleuze and Queer Theory

Deleuze and Queer Theory

Deleuze and Queer Theory

Synopsis

A major paradigm shift in debates on sexuality, Deleuze and Queer Theory marks a shift away from discourse on identity and signification and a move toward a radical new conception of bodily materialism. For too long queer theory has been dominated by the work of Judith Butler and a focus on performativity. In these essays, a critical engagement with the work of Deleuze and Guattari shape a new queer theory, one that revisits the very term of "queer," rethinks the sex-gender distinction as implied in queer theory, explores queer temporalities, and considers the non/rereading of the homosexual body/desire and the becoming-queer of the Deleuze Guattari philosophy.

Excerpt

You ask me: why bring all these texts together in this book? Why ‘Deleuze and Queer Theory’? What does this and mean? You wonder whether it might be the expression of an opposition that will lead to a battle, a combat; a war that will announce winners and dark horses, will declare the past dead and will celebrate a new future. Or maybe, it is a hope for juxtaposition and collaboration based on resonances, or differences. An attempt for reconciliation through the annihilation of the differential parties perhaps?

And as the middle space, the borderline that separates but also brings together; and as the transit word, a force of transition towards something other that always entails a coming back: the becoming-DeleuzoGuattarian of Queer Theory, the becoming-queer of Deleuze’s and Guattari’s theory. And as the invisible in-between, the mystery gap, the topos of hidden erotic connections, of contagious exchange, of unnatural encounters based on imperceptible micro-attractions and incompatibilities; and as the experiment to think as two, to rethink through a two-fold process that amplifies what goes on in one’s thinking, that expands one single concept (queer), transforming it from a materialising signifier to an intrinsic quality of nonrepresentational thinking.

Thus, this project is primarily creative and not critical, and it is critical precisely by being creative. Rather than dismissing queer (theory), this collective work reaffirms the seductive power of the concept ‘queer’, and its continuing force to inspire thinking nowadays. Moving beyond, or along, lines of queer theory (in its institutionalised Anglo-American form) constitutes a living proof of the vital force of the concept of queerness: the force to affect and effect changes in the way one theorises, its capacity to produce deviant lines along established thinking and disciplines, its ability to queer the queer, that is, to undermine the self, to resist any normalisation. Hence, this collection emerges out of the queer’s fear of being trapped . . .

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