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1st Edition

Deleuze on Literature

ISBN 9780415966061
Published March 7, 2003 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

This is the first comprehensive introduction to Deleuze's work on literature. It provides thorough treatments of Deleuze's early book on Proust and his seminal volume on Kafka and minor literature. Deleuze on Literature situates those studies and many other scattered writings within a general project that extends throughout Deleuze's career-that of conceiving of literature as a form of health and the writer as a cultural physician.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations Introduction 1. Sickness, Signs and Sense Interpretation and Evaluation Masoch and Masochism Sense and Surfaces 2. Proust's Sign Machine The Emission and Interpretation of Signs The Reinterpretation of Signs The Multiplication and Production of Signs Machines 3. Kafka's Law Machine Desiring Machines and Desiring Production What is a Machine? The Celibate Machine The Writing Machine The Law Machine Art and Life 4. Minor Literature The Literatures of Small People Deterritorialized Language Language and Power The Minor Use of Language Sound and Sense The Collective Assemblage of Enunciation 5. Kleist, Bene and Minor Theater Kleist and the War Machine War and Penthesilea Bene's Richard Obscene History Deleuze's Bene The Theatre and the People 6. Lines, Life, Visions, Auditions The Lines of Flight Lines Visions and Auditions Vision, Trajectories and Becomings Coda: Beckett's Television Plays Conclusion Works Cited

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Ronald Bogue is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. He has written widely on the work of Deleuze and Guattari, and aesthetics.


"Bogue's book explores and illuminates the entire Deleuzean corpus, providing brilliant and lucid insights into Deleuze's relationship to literature." -- Claire Colebrook, University of Edinburgh
"After these books are published, there will be no need for anyone else to write a how-to-understand-Deleuze book. The clarity of the prose, the careful explanation of each difficult and important concept, and the lack of any jargon whatsoever make this the definitive commentary on Deleuze." -- Dorothea Olkowski, University of Colorado