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Essays Critical and Clinical

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The final work of the late philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) includes essays on such diverse literary figures as Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, D.H. Lawrence, Lewis Carroll, and others, along with philosophers Plato, Spinoza, Kant, and others. Taken together, these 18 essays--all newly revised or published here for the first time--present a profoundly new approach to ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 5th 1997 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1993)
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Jul 11, 2007 Scott rated it it was amazing
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This is probably one of my favorite literary theory books. I should first have said that the word "theory" and its connotations, not to mention all that is "literary", kind of scare the piss out of me. Deleuze writes here of Alfred Jarry, Whitman, Spinoza, Lewis Carroll, and of course Beckett, Nietzsche, and Melville, among others.

It was enough for me to read Deleuze bring Bartleby back to where it should be, a "violently comical text", but fortunately Deleuze doesn't stop there. Yes, there is
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Одна із моїх улюблених книжок Жиля Дельоза, до якого я ставлюсь дуже неоднозначно. З одного боку, мені подобається його "лабораторія концептів", певна інтуїтивна логіка щодо злободенності, але мені водночас дико не подобається його психоаналітичний синтез всього зі всім, тобто те, що тримало назву шизоаналізу. Однак ця збірка -- неймовірна інтелектуальна пригода! Дельоз просто нереально цікаво (водночас доволі ясно й зрозуміло, що для естетики постмодернізму взагалі є дивовижним) розповідає про ...more
Mar 27, 2009 Brock rated it really liked it
I bought this book after reading some of the "plateaus" because I wanted to see how Deleuze tackles literary criticism, esp in his reading of "Bartleby." Turns out that Bartleby's famous refrain plays right into Deleuze's ideas about indeterminacy and the character without qualities, and Deleuze extends his discussion of Bartleby's "formula" to flesh out a theory of literary language and the differences between American and European fiction. Well worth the effort it often takes to read Deleuze. ...more
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Ben Deleuze'ün dilini çok seviyorum, edebi bir eser yazar gidi aktarıyor aklındakileri. Kafa karıştıran hallerini seviyorum. Hiç ilgimi çekmeyen konularda bile yazsa ilgimi kaybetmeden okuyabiliyorum.

Kritik ve Klinik; edebiyat üzerine, psikanaliz üzerine, filozoflar, yazarlar, onların yarattığı karakterler veya tarihi karakterler üzerine yorum-analiz tarzında bölümlerden oluşuyor. Özellikle Artaud, Kafka ya da Herman Melville severlere önerebilim kitabı, çünkü kitabın içinde bol bol bahsi geçiy
Dec 30, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference
Gilles Deleuze canta con frecuencia las alabanzas de la literatura americana por sus poderes deterritorializantes y su nomadismo. Pareciera que para Deleuze, América representa una liberación de los cerrados confines de la conciencia europea. Ver, por ejemplo, “Whitman” y “Bartleby, ou la formule”, en Critique et clinique (Paris: Minuit, 1993), pp. 75-80 y 89-114.

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Mar 28, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
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These essays are way more fun than they should be. Reading them reminds me that sometimes Jesus is fucking scary. Also, the esteem in which Melville is held motivated me to read each novel which that crazy prophet of the ocean put to the page ... and that is a good thing?
Jan 29, 2013 Arno rated it really liked it
Particularly enjoyed essays "Literature and Life", "Lewis Carroll", "Re-presentations of Masoch","What Children Say", "Bartleby; or, The Formula", "He Stuttered", "The Shame and the Glory: T.E. Lawrence", "To Have Done with Judgement", "Spinoza and the Three Ethics".
Sep 08, 2007 Nate rated it it was amazing
the first essay, "literature and life," is fantabulous. and his bit on whitman is thrilling.
the bartleby text i liked but a lot of this is either really naive or just needlessly affirmationist. in many ways, deleuze really didnt age well.
Dec 19, 2007 Gary marked it as to-read
I can't wait to read this: especially, the Chapter on Nietzsche and St Paul.
Jul 13, 2012 Charles rated it it was amazing
A great set of essays with a magnificent introduction. Review published in Symploké 6.1-2 (1998 [published in 2000]): 192-196.
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Deleuze is a key figure in postmodern French philosophy. Considering himself an empiricist and a vitalist, his body of work, which rests upon concepts such as multiplicity, constructivism, difference and desire, stands at a substantial remove from the main traditions of 20th century Continental thought. His thought locates him as an influential figure in present-day considerations of society, crea ...more
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