Deleuze and Feminist Theory by Ian Buchanan, Claire Colebrook

By Ian Buchanan, Claire Colebrook

Ever for the reason that Deleuze and Guattari provocatively declared that every one turning into needs to cross in terms of a 'becoming-woman', their paintings has been the topic of extreme feminist interrogation. This ebook highlights the major issues of this ongoing inquiry, focusing relatively at the implications of Deleuze's paintings for a in particular feminist philosophy. It brings jointly the paintings of a few of Deleuze's best commentators and today's most crucial feminist thinkers, together with new paintings by way of Elizabeth Grosz, Rosi Braidotti, and Dorothea Olkowski. With chapters on movie, the colonial imaginary, wish and embodiment, this booklet is the 1st sustained exam of the influence of Deleuze on feminist proposal.

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The film has a strong anti-Oedipal take. In humorous and graceful ways, castration is mocked and incest encouraged. A certain psychoanalysis with its emphasis on Oedipus goes along with a capitalist regime that blocks flows and prevents becoming. Male and female bodies in postures on the bed or in the analyst’s chair are part of a ceremony that has become burlesque. In addition to the attitudes of the body, there is more emphasis on the female face, a moving face unfettered by makeup. It’s not the marketed, clichéd face of advertisement (Griggers 1997).

On a more general level, we have tried to show how, by contextualising and generalising the concept, we can reinsert ‘becoming-woman’ first in a post-May 1968 era and point to its similarities with concepts used at the time by ‘feminist’ writers such as Hélène Cixous. We then followed the evolution of the concept in Deleuze’s work, with yet another reference to Cixous, in order to see how it can function in today’s conditions. We can conclude by saying that though Deleuze emphasises different concepts at different times, he continues to work along rhizomatic processes and lines of flight from a productive rather than theatrical unconscious.

In his view, the ‘being’ of each woman is always temporary. An effect of subjectivation, it cannot be separated from a context and is always exceeded by becomings that can neither be completely controlled nor foretold. Similar to Cixous’s concept of NBW, becoming-woman entails a continuous turning away from one’s present conditions, an ongoing actualisation of virtualities. In the present time of vertical and horizontal intensification of capitalism into strata more and more 35 VERENA ANDERMATT CONLEY unconscious, actualisation of true virtualities – other than those based on ‘I consume, therefore I am’ – is more and more difficult.

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