Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Intersecting Lives

Francois Dosse; Translated by Deborah Glassman

Columbia University Press

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Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari

Intersecting Lives

Francois Dosse; Translated by Deborah Glassman

Columbia University Press

In May 1968, Gilles Deleuze was an established philosopher teaching at the innovative Vincennes University, just outside of Paris. Félix Guattari was a political militant and the director of an unusual psychiatric clinic at La Borde. Their meeting was quite unlikely, yet the two were introduced in an arranged encounter of epic consequence. From that moment on, Deleuze and Guattari engaged in a surprising, productive partnership, collaborating on several groundbreaking works, including Anti-Oedipus, What Is Philosophy? and A Thousand Plateaus.

François Dosse, a prominent French intellectual known for his work on the Annales School, structuralism, and biographies of the pivotal intellectuals Paul Ricoeur, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel de Certeau, examines the prolific if improbable relationship between two men of distinct and differing sensibilities. Drawing on unpublished archives and hundreds of personal interviews, Dosse elucidates a collaboration that lasted more than two decades, underscoring the role that family and history—particularly the turbulent time of May 1968—play in their monumental work. He also takes the measure of Deleuze and Guattari's posthumous fortunes and the impact of their thought on intellectual, academic, and professional circles.

The 'intertwined' biography of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari bears all the traits of Francois Dosse's previous work. It is scrupulously researched, written with verve, adroit and responsible in its handling of complex philosophical issues, and filled with hitherto unpublished details about the lives of its subjects and the often tempestuous events that surrounded them throughout their careers. An impressive and important study.

Ronald Bogue, University of Georgia

What is most striking in François Dosse's dual biography is how utterly different are these two men—not only in their academic training but also in their styles of thought, temperament, social habits, and modes of political engagement. One gets the sense that their collaboration is rich precisely because they are able to work with these differences and continually set them into play, all the while maintaining the utmost respect for and fascination with each other.

Michael Hardt, coauthor of Empire; Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire; and Commonwealth

An exhaustive and fascinating account.... As a glimpse into a remarkable period in French intellectual history where politics, philosophy, and literary brilliance coalesced, it is captivating.

Publishers Weekly

Dosse makes Deleuze and Guattari mysterious again.

Scott McLemee, Bookforum

Dosse has produced a magnificently well-researched double biography.

Terry Eagleton, Artforum

This is a massively researched and rewarding book that will attract the attention of all students of Deleuze and Guattari.

Choice

A comprehensive and polyvocal biography on the lives and work of Deleuze and Guattari.

Thomas Nail, Foucault Studies

An impressively comprehensive examination of the lives and times of Deleuze and Guattari... Richly filled with biographical and historical detail (and with amusing and often poignant anecdote), Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Intersecting Lives represents an inmmense scholarly achievement... Essential reading.

European Legacy
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Betwixt or Between
Part I. Folds: Parallel Biographies
1. Félix Guattari: The Psychopolitical Itinerary, 1930–1964
2. La Borde: Between Myth and Reality
3. Daily Life at La Borde
4. Testing Critical Research Empirically
5. Gilles Deleuze: The Hero's Brother
6. The Art of the Portrait
7. Nietzsche, Bergson, Spinoza: A Trio for a Vitalist Philosophy
8. An Ontology of Difference
9. The Founding Rupture: May 1968
Part II. Unfolding: Intersecting Lives
10. "Psychoanalysm" Under Attack
11. Anti-Oedipus
12. Machine Against Structure
13. "Minor" Literature as Seen by Deleuze and Guattari
14. A Thousand Plateaus : A Geophilosophy of Politics
15. The CERFI at Work
16. The "Molecular Revolution": Italy, Germany, France
17. Deleuze and Foucault: A Philosophical Friendship
18. An Alternative to Psychiatry?
19. Deleuze at Vincennes
20. The Year of Combat: 1977
Part III. Surplices: 1980–2007
21. Guattari Between Culture and Ecology
22. Deleuze Goes to the Movies
23. Guattari and Aesthetics: Consolation During the Winter Years
24. Deleuze Dialogues with Creation
25. An Artist Philosophy
26. Winning Over the West
27. Around the World
28. Two Deaths
29. Their Work at Work
30. Conclusion
Notes
Index
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About the Author

François Dosse is a professor at the IUFM Creteil, the Paris Institute for Political Studies, and the Center for Cultural History, University of Versailles/Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He has published several important books on intellectual history, including History of Structuralism: The Rising Sign, 1945–1966 and History of Structuralism: The Sign Sets, 1967–Present.

Deborah Glassman is the author of several works on literature, education, and international development and the translator of Dosse's two books on structuralism.