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The Two-fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari

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Charles J. Stivale is Professor of French and Chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literature at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He has served as guest editor for two special issues of SubStance on the works of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and has published extensively on literary and cultural topics in nineteenth and twentieth-century French studies. The Two-Fold Thought of Deleuze and Guattari is his fourth book.


"Stivale has written a most useful introduction to the work of Deleuze and Guattari. And he has produced one of the most interesting demonstrations of its power and importance in contemporary thinking. Hopefully, it will be impossible for people in cultural studies to ignore Deleuze and Guattari's contributions in the future. This is a book for the novice and the expert, the philosopher and the critic." --Lawrence Grossberg, Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill "Part commentary, part archive, part memoir, part extension and elaboration of key concepts, Stivale's book provides an exhilarating conceptual journey through Deleuze and Guattari's 'two-fold' thought. In the spirit of these authors' own writing, this book is a textual rhizome which combines analysis and commentary with fragments of net discussion, interviews, reports of conferences and personal reminiscences. It offers a wealth of scholarly information and a translation of Deleuze's 1967 article 'How do we recognize structuralism?'. Above all, it animates central concepts of schizo analysis and rhizomatics by reading Deleuze and Guattari's texts alongside the script of Apocalypse Now, the cyberpunk novels of William Gibson, Michel Tournier's Gilles and Jean and the spaces of affect found in Cajun music. These textual encounters provide the occasion for helpful exegesis of such Dailies-Guattarian concepts as assemblage, body without organs, becoming-woman, becoming-cyborg, nomad war machine, ritournello and hecceit, but they also take the reader on a roller coaster ride across the contemporary cultural landscape seen through Deleuzian spectacles. The result is an effortless and entertaining introduction to key concepts of Deleuze and Guattari's collaborative work." --Paul Patton, Department of General Philosophy, University of Sydney "Stivale uses to good advantage his personal meetings, engagingly described here, with Deleuze and Guattari. Recommended for academic libraries." --"Library Journal" "Beginning in the 1960's and culminating in the 1990's Deleuze and Guattari engaged in one of the most productive and compelling collaborations in the history of Western philosophy. As important as "Anti-Oedipus" has become in contemporary philosophical discourse, many have found their terminology and concepts difficult to comprehend. Stivale's study provides an excellent grounding in the thought and major works of the French philosophy duo (works discussed include "Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism & Schizophrenia,"" Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature," "A Thousand Plateaus," and others). Stivale does not discuss the process of collaboration between Deleuze and Guattari but rather how their thought 'arises from two individual, fluctuating subjectivities.' In addition to his trenchant analysis of Deleuze and Guattari's work, Stivale also frames his discussion within the current discussion of their works, including the multiple web pages devoted to the two. Some of the contents include: a discussion of Deleuze's and Guattari's challenges to Marxism and Freudianism; the development of their literary and socio-cultural perspectives; a discussion with Guattari from 1985; notes from a meeting between the author and Deleuze; and borrowing from Foucault's oft-quoted quote, 'perhaps one day, this century will be known as Deleuzian, ' Stivale reflects upon how one might 'be Deleuzian.'"--From the Chicago Seminary Bookstore Web site: http: // "In addition to his own critical readings, Stivale alsoincludes important primary material by Deleuze and Guattari....Most importantly, he provides a meticulous annotated translation of Deleuze' little known but extremely interesting encyclopedia entry, 'How Do We Recognize Structuralism?' ....Stivale's book makes a profoundly functional contribution to our understanding and application of the difficult works of these most protean of contemporary thinkers." --"The Review of Politics" "[Deleuze and Guattari's] abstract style has proved a stumbling block to many readers. Stivale aims to remove that obstacle here. He does so by applying the concepts of the two thinkers, such as "schizoanalysis" and the "rhizome," to contemporary culture, using them to discuss topics ranging from "Apocalypse Now" to Cajun cooking." --"Library Journal" "In this extraordinary book, Stivale accomplishes the difficult task of synthesis and application of key ideas by two of the more complex postwar French philosophers....Stivale's readings serve as a fine introduction to the terms and implications of what for Deleuze and Guattari were analytical tools transformed through their very doubling: structuralism and classical philosophy, Marxism and psychoanalysis, activism and aesthetics....A vital contribution to understanding the work of these two philosophers together, Stivale's book will serve both the initiated and the uninitiated (upper-division undergraduates) well." --"Choice" "This blends philosophy with literary criticism and is not entirely of either school, but will please readers of both...Reveals key concepts by applying them to reading of literary texts for in-depth clarification and useful college-level application." --"The Bookwatch"

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