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Deleuze and Guattari

New Mappings in Politics, Philosophy, and Culture

1998

Eleanor Kaufman and Kevin Jon Heller, editors

Deleuze and Guattari

A timely look at new domains in which to apply the ideas of these two key figures.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were two of France’s most prominent thinkers, and they continue to be vital and influential in critical theory. The essays in this collection, written by prominent scholars, offer a new approach to their work. Unique in its emphasis on Guattari, both in conjunction with Deleuze and independently, this volume features an essay by Deleuze himself and includes a comprehensive bibliography of Guattari’s and Deleuze’s work.

Contributors: Bernardo Alexander Attias, Jonathan L. Beller, Bruno Bosteels, Gilles Deleuze, Aden Evens, Gary Genosko, Mani Haghighi, Michael Hardt, Eugene Holland, John S. Howard, Stacey Johnson, Samira Kawash, Brian Massumi, Timothy S. Murphy, Karen Ocaña, Bryan Reynolds, Daniel W. Smith, Gordon Thompson.

Deleuze and Guattari does an impressive job both of reading and explicating Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and of relaying (ital) their work in relation to other disciplines and other theoretical frameworks. It goes further than anything else I have seen in English in the project of situating Deleuze and Guattari within, and outlining their relevance for, contemporary debates about postmodernism, film studies, popular culture, the politics of late capitalism, and the renewed interest in ethics. It also pays some much-needed attention to Felix Guattari as a thinker; most previous studies have tended to pay attention only to Deleuze, and to neglect Guattari's contributions to the work they did together.

Steven Shaviro, author of The Cinematic Body

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were two of France’s most prominent thinkers, and they continue to be vital and influential in critical theory. The essays in this collection, written by prominent scholars, offer a new approach to their work. Unique in its emphasis on Guattari, both in conjunction with Deleuze and independently, this volume features an essay by Deleuze himself and includes a comprehensive bibliography of Guattari’s and Deleuze’s publications.

The body of work explored here spans three decades and cuts across the lines of philosophy, political theory, geography, literature, aesthetics, and even the applied sciences. Readers unfamiliar with Deleuze and Guattari will gain a broad sense of their work from these pages; specialists will discover new and different methods of understanding the contributions of these writers.

The essays map out a set of applications that, rather than explain Deleuze and Guattari, aim to extend and reinvent their thought in new and “real life” domains, from cinema to the Gulf War, from quantum mechanics to the L.A. riots, and from Israel’s deportation of Palestinians to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s masochism. Overall, the collection demonstrates the wide range of potential applications of Deleuze’s and Guattari’s theories and expands current readings of their work.

Contributors: Bernardo Alexander Attias, California State U; Jonathan L. Beller, U of California, Santa Cruz; Bruno Bosteels, Harvard U; Gilles Deleuze; Aden Evens; Gary Genosko; Mani Haghighi; Michael Hardt, Duke U; Eugene Holland, Ohio State U; John S. Howard; Stacey Johnson; Samira Kawash, Rutgers U; Brian Massumi, U of Queensland; Timothy S. Murphy, UCLA; Karen Ocaña; Bryan Reynolds, Harvard U; Daniel W. Smith, Grinnell; Gordon Thompson.

Deleuze and Guattari

Eleanor Kaufman is a fellow of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. Kevin Jon Heller is a criminal-defense attorney in Los Angeles and has published essays on Foucault, Adorno, postmodern architecture, and criminal conspiracies.

Deleuze and Guattari

Deleuze and Guattari does an impressive job both of reading and explicating Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, and of relaying (ital) their work in relation to other disciplines and other theoretical frameworks. It goes further than anything else I have seen in English in the project of situating Deleuze and Guattari within, and outlining their relevance for, contemporary debates about postmodernism, film studies, popular culture, the politics of late capitalism, and the renewed interest in ethics. It also pays some much-needed attention to Felix Guattari as a thinker; most previous studies have tended to pay attention only to Deleuze, and to neglect Guattari's contributions to the work they did together.

Steven Shaviro, author of The Cinematic Body

This collection offers a variety of approaches to Deleuze and Guattari that cut across philosophy, political theory, geography, literature, aesthetics, and even the applied sciences. The essays are strong and crafted with vision. A reader unfamiliar with Deleuze and Guattari will obtain the broad lines of their writings while informed readers will be rewarded with research of strong tenor.

Tom Conley, author of The Self-Made Map