Addressing the essential question of the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in Deleuze's philosophy this book provides clear indications of the practical implications of Deleuze's approach to the arts through detailed analyses of the ethical dimension of artistic activity in literature, music, and film. Bogue examines Deleuze's "transverse way" of interrelating the ethical and the aesthetic, the transverse way being both a mode of thought and a practice of living. Among the issues examined are those of the relationship of music to literature, the political vocation of the arts, violence in popular music, the ethics and aesthetics of education, the use of music and sound in film, the role of the visual in literary invention, the function of the arts in cross cultural interactions, and the future of Deleuzian analysis as a means of forming an open, reciprocally self-constituting, transcultural global culture.
Professor Ronald Bogue is Professor in the Comparative Literature Department, University of Georgia, USA.
'Drawing on years of insight into the works of Gilles Deleuze, Ronald Bogue provides a careful and systematic study of Deleuze’s transverse way, the myriad diagonal paths connecting seemingly incommunicable domains: Deleuze’s immanent ethics as they correspond to the themes of the minor in literature and music; the construction of concepts through a pedagogy of images and the efficacy of fabulation; nomadology considered both as an expression of actual nomadic practices and as a comparative poetics for understanding globalization. Through this exploration of the Deleuzian method, Bogue reveals how these transversal connections constitute so many ways of thinking, of creating, and of multiplying variations that enliven and conjoin the arts and philosophy.' Charles J. Stivale, Wayne State University, USA ’Deleuze's Way offers a thorough and much documented overview of Deleuzian thought and its bearings on contemporary artistic theory... Through his comprehensive study of the 'transverse way' [...] Bogue will no doubt continue to the wider dissemination of Deleuze's ideas...’ Cercles