Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Deleuzian Fabulation and the Scars of History

Academic journal article Geopolitics, History and International Relations

Deleuzian Fabulation and the Scars of History

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Deleuzian Fabulation and the Scars of History Ronald Bogue (University of Georgia) Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, 2010, 248 pp. ISBN 978-0-7486-4131-4

Bogue says that, according to Deleuze, both Sade and Masoch are symptomatologists who disclose the full dynamics of sadism and masochism. Deleuze speaks of fabulation as an aspect of inventing a people to come: fabulation is an activity that need not reinforce restrictive power structures, entails a projection into the real of images that take on a life of their own, and has nothing to do with memory in the ordinary sense (to fabulate is to create giants whose projected images take on a life of their own). Deleuze associates narration with the organic and the story with the crystalline. To write is to hint at possibilities, to open a way forward through an experimentation on the real. An artist alone cannot invent a people to come. Bogue insists that, by habits, Deleuze means pre-conscious contractions of elements within the organism (the absorption of nutrients into our cells is a contraction of elements and a component of habit). …

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