Deleuze and Literature

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Deleuze and Literature

    Deleuze and Literature


    Course Tutor: Darren Ambrose (Room 2.56)


    Classes will be held on Tuesdays, in S0.17 on Tuesdays 2pm-4pm. This is a ten-week course; the first class will be in week 2. Classes will be a mixture of lectures from the course tutor, presentations from graduates and discussions.


    This module will provide an opportunity to explore certain aspects of Gilles Deleuze‟s contribution to the contemporary philosophical understanding of literature. We will focus upon analysing some of the broader ontological questions connected to Deleuze‟s aesthetics theory before concentrating upon specific issues concerning philosophy‟s relation to literary language, form and creativity. Topics will include the role of literature as the production of what Deleuze terms „lines of flight‟ and the creation of „visions and auditions‟; the notion of Minor Language; the vocation of literature; and the creative pedagogy associated with literature. We will focus largely upon Deleuze‟s treatment of two „literary‟ authors Kafka and Beckett; but the course will also make reference to Deleuze‟s analyses of Melville, Hardy, Woolf, Lawrence and Fitzgerald.


    By the end of this course graduates will have gained an advanced understanding and critical appreciation of Deleuze‟s philosophical treatment of literature. They will have developed a sophisticated understanding of certain key notions within that treatment, including the literary affect, literary sense, the „line of flight‟

    within literature, and the themes of „becoming-animal. They will also have gained

    an appreciation of a number of recent critical engagements with Deleuze‟s philosophy, including Badiou, Zizek, Rancierre and Alliez. Through seminar presentations and essay assignments they will have had the opportunity to cultivate advanced reading and writing skills. By the end of the course a graduate should be in a position to know what it is to develop literacy in philosophical reading and demonstration.

    Week 2: Introduction & Outline of Main Themes: Deleuze, Ontology and Creativity

Reading: Deleuze & Guattari, What is Philosophy?, Introduction and Chapters 1 &

    2, pp. 1-60, A Thousand Plateaus, Introduction: Rhizome, pp. 3-25

Week 3: Percept, Affect and Concept

Reading: Deleuze & Guattari, What is Philosophy?, chapter 7 & 8, pp. 163-218, E.

    Zola, La Bete Humaine

Week 4: The Literary Affect

Reading: Deleuze, Essays Critical and Clinical, „Literature and Life‟; Immanence:

    A Life; M. Lowry, Under the Volcano

Week 5: Literature A Rhizome

    Reading: Deleuze & Guattari, Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature; F. Kafka, The Trial and The Castle

Week 6: Kafka and Minor Literature

    Reading: Deleuze & Guattari, Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature; F. Kafka, The Trial and The Castle

Week 7: Kafka Becoming-Animal

    Reading: Deleuze & Guattari, Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature; F. Kafka, „Metamorphosis‟ and „Report to an Academy‟; Zola, La Bete Humaine

    Week 8: Deleuze and the ‘Superiority’ of Anglo-American Literature

    Reading: Deleuze & Parnet, Dialogues, „On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature‟; Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    Week 9: Deleuze and Melville/Deleuze and Zola

    Reading: Deleuze, Essays Critical and Clinical, „Bartleby, The Logic of Sense, „Zola and the Crack-Up‟; or The Formula‟; Melville, „Bartleby‟; Zola, La Bete Humaine

Week 10: Other Worlds

Reading: Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus; Lovecraft, „Through the gates

    of the Silver Key‟ in Dreams of Terror and Death; Casteneda, Tales of Power Primary Texts

    G. Deleuze, Essays Critical and Clinical (Verso, 1998)

    G. Deleuze, „Zola and the Crack-Up‟ in The Logic of Sense (Continuum, 1990) G. Deleuze & F. Guattari, Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature (Minnesota U.P., 1986) G. Deleuze & F. Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus (Continuum, 2004) G. Deleuze & F. Guattari, What is Philosophy? (Verso, 1994) F. Kafka, The Trial (Penguin, 2004)

    F. Kafka, The Castle (Penguin, 2004)

    F. Kafka, America (Penguin, 2004)

    F. Kafka, Metamorphosis and Other Stories (Penguin, 2004) F. Kafka, The Great Wall of China and Other Stories (Penguin, 2004) S. Beckett, Complete Dramatic Works (Faber & Faber, 1998) S. Beckett, Complete Short Prose, 1929-1989 (Grove Press, 1997)

Further Suggested Reading

M. Lowry, Under the Volcano (Penguin)

T. Hardy, The Return of the Native (Penguin)

T. Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge (Penguin)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (Penguin)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up and Other Stories (Penguin)

E. Bronte, Wuthering Heights (Penguin)

E. Zola, La Bete Humaine (Penguin)

    H.P. Lovecraft, „Through the Gates of the Silver Key‟ in Dreams of Terror and Death (Ballantine)

H. Melville, „Bartleby‟ in Billy Budd and Other Stories (Penguin)

D.H. Lawrence, Apocalypse (Penguin)

D.H. Lawrence, „Moby Dick‟ in Selected Essays (Penguin)

C. Casteneda, Tales of Power (Penguin)

V. Woolf, Between the Acts (Penguin)

    Secondary Reading

    E. Alliez, The Signature of the World (London: Continuum, 2004) K. Ansell-Pearson, Germinal Life: The Difference and Repetition of Deleuze

    (London: Routledge, 1999)

    A. Badiou, Deleuze: The Clamour of Being (Minnesota: Minnesota U.P., 2000) R. Bogue, Deleuze on Literature (London: Routledge, 2003) C. Boundas, „Deleuze-Bergson: An Ontology of the Virtual‟ in P. Patton ed.

    Deleuze: A Critical Reader (London: Blackwell, 1996), pp. 81-106 M. Bryden, „Nietzsche‟s Arrow: Deleuze on D.H. Lawrence‟s Apocalypse, in

    Deleuze and Religion (London: Routledge, 2000), pp. 101-114 M. Bryden, „Deleuze and Anglo-American Literature: Water, Whales and Melville‟, in An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, ed. J. Khalfa (London: Continuum, 2004)

    I. Buchanan ed., A Deleuzian Century (London: Duke University Press, 1999) I. Buchanan ed., Deleuze and Literature (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000)

M. Buydens, Sahara. L’Esthetique de Gilles Deleuze (1990)

    C. Colebrook, Gilles Deleuze (London: Routledge, 2001)

    C. Colebrook, Deleuze: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Continuum, 2006) A.P. Columbat, „Deleuze and the Three Powers of Literature To Demystify, To Experiment, To Create‟, in Deleuze & Guattari : Critical Assessments, Vol. 1, ed. G. Genosko, pp. 207-222

    T. Cousineau, „The Future of an Illusion: Melville‟s Deconstruction of Deleuze‟s

    A/Theology‟ in Deleuze and Religion, ed. M. Bryden (London: Routledge, 2000), pp. 115-125

    M. Delanda, Intensive Science & Virtual Philosophy (London: Continuum, 2002) P. Hallward, Out of This World: Deleuze and the Philosophy of Creation (London: Verso, 2006)

    E.W. Holland, „Deterritorializing “Deterritorialization” – From the Anti-Oedipus to

    A Thousand Plateaus‟ in SubStance 66 (1991), pp. 55-65

    J. Hughes, Lines of Flight: Reading Deleuze with Hardy, Gissing, Conrad, Woolf

    (Sheffield, Sheffield Academic Press, 1997)

    C. Imbert, „Empiricism Unhinged: From the Logic of Sense to the Logic of

    Sensation‟ in J. Khalfa ed., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze

    (London: Continuum, 2004)

    J. Khalfa ed., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (London:

    Continuum, 2004)

    G. Lambert, The Non-Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (London: Continuum, 2002) T. Lamarre, „Diagram, Inscription, Sensation‟, in A Shock to Thought : Expression After Deleuze & Guattari, ed. B. Massumi (London: Routledge, 2002), pp. 149-170

    J-C, Martin, Variations : La Philosophie de Gilles Deleuze (Paris : Editions Payot & Rivages, 1993)

    J-C, Martin, „Deleuze‟s Philosophy of the Concrete‟ in I. Buchanan ed., A

    Deleuzian Century (London: Duke University Press, 1999), pp. 241-248 B. Massumi, „Introduction: Like a Thought‟, in A Shock to Thought : Expression After Deleuze & Guattari, ed. B. Massumi (Routledge, 2002), pp. xiii- xxxix S. O'Sullivan, Art Encounters Deleuze & Guattari (London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2005)

    J. Rajchman, The Deleuze Connections (London: MIT Press, 2000) A. Uhlmann, Beckett and Poststructuralism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999)

A. Uhlmann, 'To Have Done With Judgement: Beckett and Deleuze', in Deleuze &

    Guattari : Critical Assessments, Vol. 1, ed. G. Genosko, pp. 47-68 J. Wallace, D.H. Lawrence, Science and the Posthuman (Palgrave, 2005)

    S. Zepke, Art as Abstract Machine: Art and Ontology in Deleuze & Guattari (London: Routledge, 2005)

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