This book presents a pragmatic engagement between the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari and various facets of Indian society, culture and art. The universal appeal of the philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari finds its due place in India with a set of innovative analyses and radical interpretations that reimagine India as a complex multiplicity.
The volume brings together scholars from various disciplines and theoretical orientations to explore a wide range of issues in contemporary India, like dalit and caste studies, nationalism, gender question, art and cinema, and so on under the rubric of Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophy.
This interdisciplinary book will be useful to scholars and researchers of philosophy, anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, postcolonial studies and South Asian studies.
Introduction: Deleuze, Guattari, and the Invention of the ‘Indian Diagram’
George Varghese K. and Manoj N.Y.
Part I: Deleuzian Ontology: Difference, Events and Codes
1. Deleuzian Ontology: Encounter and Experimentation
George Varghese K.
2. Virtual Ontologies: Heidegger, Deleuze and the Concept of the Event (Ereignis, événement)
3. La Gestothèque in Translation: From Body Techniques to Technologies and Back
4. Hindustani Sangeet Paddhati and the Problem of Singularity: A Deleuzian Point of View
Part II: Becoming Minor/Becoming Political
5. Becoming Minor: From Literature to Cinema
6. Desire, Body and Capitalism: Dalit Literature and Becoming Political in a Postcolonial World
7. The Un/Paralleled Universe of Pramod Pati: Deleuzian Reflections on Abid, Explorer and Trip
8. Bodies, Matter and Memory: Enfolding and Unfolding of Virtual and Actual Experiences in Artist
Thejaswini J.C. and M. Shuaib Mohamed Haneef
Part III: Territorial Multiplicities
9. Can ‘Territoriality’ be Social? Interrogating the ‘Political’ of Dalit Social Inclusion in India
10. Deleuze and the Third Gender Identity in India
11. Concepts, Singularity and Nation-ness: ‘Becoming-Democratic and the Question of the Political
12. Why Deleuze Spoke So Little About Theatre?
‘This excellent collection of essays explores Indian cultural phenomena in the light of Deleuzian concepts and throws new light on aspects of Deleuze’s thought. The question ‘Why?’ hovers over the collection: why Deleuze? Why India? Together the essays assembled here provide a compelling case for the fecundity of this encounter. They make essential reading for anyone interested in Deleuze, India and new developments in the humanities.’
Paul Patton, Hongyi Chair Professor of Philosophy, Wuhan University, China
‘This is a thoughtful and scholarly volume, applying Deleuze not in a blind manner but through a Deleuzian way of philosophizing which is critical and creative. Not only are essential concepts from Deleuze clearly discussed but through their application to various dimensions of Indian social experiences, these concepts are further interpreted and enriched, thereby showing how Deleuzian thought is important for contemporary projects of comparative philosophy. It should be of great interest to all those who are struggling with finding new vocabulary for the changing contemporary world.’
Sundar Sarukkai, Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Science and Former/Founder Director, Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, India