Felix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction (Transversals: New Directions in Philosophy)
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This is the first detailed assessment of the life and work of Felix Guattari-Mr. Anti as the French press labelled him-the friend of and collaborator with Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Lacan and Antonio Negri, and one of the 20th Century's last great activist-intellectuals. Guattari is widely known for his celebrated writings with Deleuze, but these writings do not represent the true breadth and impact of his thinking, writing and activism. Guattari's major work as a clinical and theoretical innovator in psychoanalysis was closely linked to his participation in struggles against European right-wing politics. Felix Guattari introduces the reader to the diversity and sheer range of Guattari's interests, from anti-psychiatry, to Japanese culture, political activism and his theorizing of subjectification. Highlighting why Guattari's work is of increasing relevance to contemporary political, psychoanalytical and philosophical thought, Felix Guattari: An Aberrant Introduction presents the reader with an adventurous and provocative introduction to this radical thinker.
of energy. Finally, this book could not have been completed without the support of Rachel Ariss. viii Abbreviations PT (1972) Psychanalyse et transversalite´, Paris: Franc¸ois Maspero. MRr (1977) La Re´volution mole´culaire, Fontenay-sous-Bois: Encres/ Recherches. IM (1979) L’Inconscient machinique, Fontenay-sous-Bois: Encres/ Recherches. MRu (1980) La Re´volution mole´culaire, Paris: Union ge´ne´ral d’e´ditions. MRp (1984) Molecular Revolution, trans. Rosemary Sheed, London: Penguin. AH
onlooker [regardeur]. My look is “implicated” [embringue´] in the mise en existence of Boﬁll; without it, his soul would scatter on the four winds. But this appropriation turns against me, clings to me like a suction cup. This being-there, in its precariousness, wraps me like skin; it doesn’t stop looking at me from the interior of myself. I am bewitched, marabouted, expropriated from my interiority’ (CS 314). Next time it is the image of the bearded Arman that stings Guattari: a face split
identiﬁcations and mediatized communications’ (CS 318). Tahara frees us from the limits of celebrity faces of the art world, leading to other meanings and references, in a deterritorializing photographic defacing. THE QUESTION OF JAPANESE SINGULARITY In conclusion, it is useful to contrast Guattari with Baudrillard on the question of Japanese singularity. For Baudrillard, singularity is not a value judgement, although he invokes it against the forces of globalization; it is not explicitly
descriptors (the triangle’s summit corresponding to hysterical redundancies, its three corners forming obsessive-hysteric-schizo, etc.). This reterritorialization on psychoanalytic categories occurs throughout Guattari’s theorizing, it is a refrain that serves as a negative example, yet its very repetition suggests the stubbornness of psychoanalytic thought, and its ability to colonize discourses. The components of consciousness imply two divergent micropolitics: the ﬁrst involves the doubling of
Guattari’s statements, circa 1977, on behalf of the Comite´ de liaison contre la re´pression against the extradition of German lawyer Klaus Croissant, sympathatic toward the Baader–Meinhof Gruppe, from France back to Germany. For readers of Guattari, Deleuze is an enigma: the one who can simultaneously assert that ‘all of us are groupuscles’ and withdraw from groups, as Guattari indi- 16 INTRODUCTION cated, and then issue statements in support of their efforts (Deleuze and Foucault 1977: