Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus: Introduction to Schizoanalysis

Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus: Introduction to Schizoanalysis

Language: English

Pages: 176


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Eugene W. Holland provides an excellent introduction to Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari's Anti-Oedipus which is widely recognized as one of the most influential texts in philosophy to have appeared in the last thirty years.

He lucidly presents the theoretical concerns behind Anti-Oedipus and explores with clarity the diverse influences of Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and Kant on the development of Deleuze & Guattari's thinking. He also examines the wider implications of their work in revitalizing Marxism, environmentalism, feminism and cultural studies.

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the market and everything modern in culture). It might seem surprising that two thinkers as unlike in some respects as Marx and Nietzsche could be conjoined in any of these ways at all. Indeed, one of the striking and most important features of Deleuze and Guattari‘s work, and something that distinguishes it sharply from virtually all other versions of poststructuralism, is that it brings Marxian and Nietzschean materialisms into contact with one another in a very compelling way. Although Marx

conclusions they draw are very different: as a neo-Heideggerian existentialist, Lacan insists that the advent of semiotics in the unconscious entails the tragic loss of any direct contact between consciousness and bodily drives, as we have seen. There is thus no recourse but to resign yourself to the meaninglessness of the unconscious and ―enjoy your symptom,‖ since consciousness amounts to neurosis. Deleuze and Guattari agree that the unconscious is meaningless; indeed, for them, it does not

―coextension of humankind and nature‖ (107/128; translation modified) whereby ―Nature = Industry [and] Nature = History‖ (25/32): Page 54 beneath consciousness, fixed subjectivity and complete-object representations, desiring-production involves direct connections between nature as a complex of myriad partial-object relations and humankind as a complex of ever-evolving productive activities. Nature comprises nothing less than the natural body of humankind, on this view, while humankind consists

from Marx himself. For the basic premisses of schizoanalytic revolution are these: that the revolution will be anti-ascetic just as much as anti-capitalist; and that it will spring from the force of desire, not just a sense of historical duty or class interest.20 Desire is part of the infrastructure (345/413; 348/416), and sexuality is everywhere: the way a bureaucrat fondles his records, a judge administers justice, a businessman causes money to circulate; the way the bourgeoisie fucks the

G. Carchedi, On the Economic Identification of Social Classes (1977). 46 This model appears in K. Marx and F. Engels, The Communist Manifesto: Page 145 At a certain stage of the development of [the] means of production and of exchange, the conditions under which feudal society produced and exchanged…became no longer compatible with the already developedproductive forces; they became so many fetters. They had to be burst asunder; they were burst asunder. (On Revolution, 84–5) Here history as class

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