During their lives, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari were two of France’s most prominent thinkers, and their work continues to be a vital and influential part of 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.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.
The Department of Comparative Literature
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