Charles J. Stivale -- Deleuze & Guattari

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Magazine littéraire 406, February 2002 -- Dossier: "L'effet Deleuze"

Updated February 26, 2003

1) Introduction (David Rabouin) and Table of Contents

As of February 2002, Deleuze studies now has a major new work to discover, the volume edited by David Lapoujade entitled L'île déserte et autres textes (Minuit), containing texts from Deleuze's first twenty years (1953-1973), with a second volume to follow. As if to consecrate this volume, the French literary review Magazine littéraire has just published a special dossier on Deleuze, entitled "L'effet Deleuze" [the Deleuze effect]. As a service to the List, I plan to translate key sections of this dossier over the next few weeks. - CJ Stivale (25 February 2002)

Dossier - "L'effet Deleuze" [The Deleuze Effect] -- Introduction

Deleuze holds a curious privilege: while reputed to be a difficult philosopher, his concepts are everywhere. One loses count of the "minority becomings," "lines of flight," and other "rhizomes" that adorn the columns of journals and magazines, and even in the discourse of publicists and commercial managers. But who is actually reading Difference and Repetition, Logic of Sense, or Anti-Oedipus is quite another matter. In What Is Philosophy?, Deleuze and Guattari had warned against this inevitable temptation to see concepts everywhere, the ever growing tendency to believe that they are easy to create. The publication this month of a collection of articles and presentations by Deleuze (L'île déserte et autres textes, Editions de Minuit) provide the occasion to verify once again this adage: it is not enough to shout "Long live the multiple" or to wield some other pop concept since the only thing that counts is to make something from them, impelled by an "outside" (that might well be a desert island, a police novel, Alfred Jarry, etc.). But Deleuze did indeed also want to see philosophy's position as a reservoir, from which each person could draw what he or she wanted, in the same way that works by Spinoza or Nietzsche grab us like a gust of wind. Deleuze called this gust of wind a "rencontre" [encounter]. For a proper name does not designate a subject, but "a effect, a zigzag, something that happens entre deux [between two] as submitting to a difference of potential." Hence, the idea of examining the "Deleuze effect", the electric shocks that it creates, the encounters that it brings to life.
David Rabouin

Table of Contents (* = texts I propose to translate)
Alain Badiou, "Deleuze, sur la ligne de front" [Deleuze on the front line] 20-21

* Biographical Indices, 21

[Interview with] David Lapoujade, "Une philosophie ouverte au 'dehors'" [A philosophy opening onto the 'outside'"], interviewed by David Rabouin, 21-24

* Indices in Deleuze's Works, 22

* "Une Boîte à Outils" [A Tool Box] - review of L'île déserte et autres textes by David Rabouin, 24-25

Patrice Maniglier, "Un metaphysicien dans le siècle" [A metaphysician in the century], 26-28

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 1 [Deleuze, What's the use?]- Isabelle Stengers, 28

Elie During, "La philosophie sans discussion" [Philosophy without discussion], 29-32

Claude Imbert, "Empirisme, ligne de fuite" [Empiricism, line of flight], 32-35

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 2 - Peter Sloterdijk, 34

Thomas Bénatouïl, "L'Histoire de la philosophie: de l'art du portrait aux collages" [History of philosophy: from the art of the portrait to collage], 35-37

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 3 - Jean Attali, 37

[Interview with] Jacques Rancière, "'Deleuze accomplit le destin de l'esthétique'" ["Deleuze completes the destiny of aesthetics"], interviewed by David Rabouin, 38-40

* David Rabouin, "Le Compagnon errant des musicians" [The wandering companion of musicians], 40

* "Le 'Monument Deleuze'" [The "Deleuze Monument"], 41

Raymond Bellour, "L'image de la pensée" [The image of thought], 42-43

Manoel de Oliveira, "'Une idée de cinéma': une lettre de Manoel de Oliveira à Gilles Deleuze" ["An idea of cinema: a letter from Manoel de Olivera to Gilles Deleuze], 44-45

Anne Querrien, "Deleuze/Guattari: histoire d'une rencontre" [D/G: history of an encounter], 46-48

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 4 - Didier Eribon, 48

David Rabouin, "La pensée du désir, un échec?" [The thought of desir, a failure?], 49-51

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 5 - Michael Hardt, 51

Patrice Maniglier and David Rabouin, "Quelle politique?" [What Politics?], 52-53

François Cusset, "Fragments d'un Deleuze américan" [Fragments of an American Deleuze], 54-56

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 6 - Sylvère Lotringer, 55

* Deleuze, Pour Quoi Faire? 7 - Brian Massumi, 56

* Elie During, "Repères: Deleuze dans la toile" [Deleuze on the Web]; "Deleuze en son et en images" [Deleuze in sound and images]; "Deleuze dans les livres" [Deleuze in books], 57-58

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