A Shock to Thought: Expressions After Deleuze and Guattari by Brian Massumi

By Brian Massumi

A surprise to notion brings jointly essays that discover Deleuze and Guattari's philosophy of expression in a few modern contexts. it is going to be of curiosity to all these in philosophy, cultural reviews and artwork idea. the quantity additionally comprises an interview with Guattari which sincerely restates the 'aesthetic paradigm' that organizes either his and Deleuze's paintings.

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1994) Difference and Repetition, trans. Paul Patton, New York: Columbia University Press. —— (1995) Negotiations, trans. Martin Joughin, New York: Columbia University Press. —— (1997) Essays Critical and Clinical, trans. Daniel Smith, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Deleuze, G. and Guattari, F. (1983) Anti-Oedipus, trans. Robert Hurley, Mark Seem, and Helen R. Lane, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. —— (1986) Kafka:Toward a Minor Literature, trans. Dana Polan, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Its impulse passes through many an interlocking level, from the physical to the chemical to the biological. On each level, it produces a dedicated effect that is captured as a content, and around which xxix BRIAN MASSUMI certain functions alimenting the self-regulating system will come to revolve. The cascading generation of alimentary effect and functional capture continues across the gaps between bodily strata. When it reaches the brain, the whole series repotentializes. Brain functioning serves as a hinge between the internal stratifications contained by the skin and the wider systems of capture into which the human organism as a whole is in turn integrated.

The reconversion of a stratified system of expression into a ‘pre-individual’ field of emergence is an instance of what Deleuze calls ‘counteractualization’ (1990a: 150). This is using ‘singularity’ in a sense closer to Deleuze and Guattari’s usage in their later works (see Guattari, 1995: 7) than to the ‘singular points’ of Logic of Sense or Difference and Repetition (these latter pertain less to dynamic potential on the edge of emergence, than to the differential nature of the virtual as such).

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