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Deleuze, Guattari and India
Exploring a Post-Postcolonial Multiplicity

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ISBN 9781138607187
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge India
328 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 an assemblage of conflicting cultural currents, rabid caste discrepancies, uneven social and economic development, and stark gender disparities.

The volume brings together scholars from various disciplines and theoretical orientations to explore a wide range of issues in contemporary India, including Dalit and caste studies, nationalism, gender studies, art and cinema 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.

Table of Contents

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)

Marc Rölli

3.      La Gestothèque in Translation: From Body Techniques to Technologies and Back

Anne Dubos

4.      Hindustani Sangeet Paddhati and the Problem of Singularity: A Deleuzian Point of View

Vibhuti Sharma


Part II: Becoming Minor/Becoming Political


5.      Becoming Minor: From Literature to Cinema

Daniela Angelucci

6.      Desire, Body and Capitalism: Dalit Literature and Becoming Political in a Postcolonial World

Cybil Vinodan

7.      The Un/Paralleled Universe of Pramod Pati: Deleuzian Reflections on Abid, Explorer and Trip

Silika Mohapatra

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

Ronki Ram

10.  Deleuze and the Third Gender Identity in India

Arnab Chatterjee

11.  Concepts, Singularity and Nation-ness: ‘Becoming-Democratic and the Question of the Political

Subro Saha

12.  Why Deleuze Spoke So Little About Theatre?

Jean-Frédéric Chevallier


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Ian Buchanan is Professor at Institute for Social Transformation, University of Wollongong, Australia.

George Varghese K. is President, Deleuze & Guattari Studies in India Collective and formerly taught at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India.

Manoj N.Y. is Visiting Research Fellow, Global Centre for Technology in Humanities, Kyung Hee University, South Korea.


‘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