Why think? Not, according to Gilles Deleuze, in order to be clever, but because thinking transforms life. Why read literature? Not for pure entertainment, Deleuze tells us, but because literature can recreate the boundaries of life. With his emphasis on creation, the future and the enhancement of life, along with his crusade against 'common sense', Deleuze offers some of the most liberating, exhilarating ideas in twentieth-century thought. This book offers a way in to Deleuzean thought through such topics as:
* time and the flow of life
* the ethics of thinking
* 'major' and 'minor' literature
* difference and repetition
* desire, the image and ideology.
Written with literature students in mind, this is the ideal guide for students wishing to think differently about life and literature and in this way to create their own new readings of literary texts.
Table of Contents
Why Deleuze?; Key Ideas; Chapter 1 Powers of Thinking; Chapter 2 Cinema; Chapter 3 Machines, the Untimely and Deterritorialisation; Chapter 4 Transcendental Empiricism; Chapter 5 Desire, Ideology and Simulacra; Chapter 6 Minor Literature; Chapter 7 Becoming; afterdeleuze After Deleuze;
Claire Colebrook teaches English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of New Literary Histories (1997) and Ethics and Representation (1999). She has also published on Derrida, Heidegger, Irigaray, Blake and Foucault.