9682 - Deleuze in his Context - This seminar will be entirely devoted to the close reading and interpretation of Deleuze's work, viewed in his historical and intellectual contexts (Post-existentialism, structuralism, May '68, etc.). We will explore the conceptual frameworks he proposed to describe the cartography of the unconscious subject, which is always inscribed in territorialized social space. We will go through Deleuze's central notions: rhizomatics, schizo-analysis, territorialization (deterritorialization and reterritorialization), becoming-animal, the body without organs, the collective agency of enunciation, as well as through his conception of signs, semiotic regimes, sense and non-sense.
The main goal of this seminar is to look for tools to analyze the Real, the concreteness of the desiring machine, and also the history of philosophy, particularly Nietzsche, Spinoza and Deleuze's positioning himself with respect to the two of them. In addition, we will address the question of Deleuze's preoccupation with painting, literary texts and film, as his work has often been interpreted within the scope of generalized esthetics and artistic production. We will give room to these preoccupations while analyzing objects and events through the lens of his theories and notions. A final portion of the seminar will consider the more practical question, "How to do things with Deleuze?"
Three texts, mainly, will be used: Logic of Sense (1969), his major collaborative work with Félix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus (1972), and One Thousand Plateaus (1980).
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