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The Works of Gilles Deleuze part 2

Lecturer: Jon Roffe

Originally Taught: Evening Sem 2 2022

The second half of this full-year course will present a survey of the works of Gilles Deleuze published from 1972 (the infamous Anti-Oedipus) until 1991 (the best-seller What is Philosophy?). The course will be structured around a single requirement - to read and discuss each book entirely on its own terms. We will not, therefore, be looking to construct 'the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze' but just to understand, in miniature, each of his works. In this way, the aim will be to appreciate the specificity and richness of these works without subordinating them to the register of generality. The final week of the semester will be devoted to questions and discussion of the works we have discussed so far.

1. Anti-Oedipus*

2. Kafka*

3. A Thousand Plateaus I*

4. A Thousand Plateaus II*

5. A Thousand Plateaus III*

6. Francis Bacon

7. Cinema 1: The Movement-Image

8. Cinema 2: The Time-Image

9. Foucault

10. The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque

11. What is Philosophy?*

12. Questions and discussion

Note that the texts bearing an asterisk were composed with Félix Guattari.

Readings: each week, two short readings will be provided. The first will be an extract from the work under discussion, while the second will be from an interview, or some other work, that casts light on Deleuze's aims.

Level: Intermediate. No familiarity with Deleuze's philosophy will be presumed, but his works are rich and sometimes challenging.