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 Professor Elizabeth Grosz: Deleuze and Feminism

May 21-23, 2007

University of Bergen, Norway


Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) - in collaboration with the Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies.

Deleuze and Feminism
21-23 May 2007
Professor Elizabeth Grosz
SKOK and Rutgers University

Brief Description:
This course will focus on a close and selective reading of key texts written by Gilles Deleuze, and Deleuze and Felix Guattari. It is a self-contained course with no formal pre-requisites, and students will be expected to read the relevant texts closely, both before and after classes The course will be divided into two parts, which roughly correspond to the earlier and final phases in Deleuze’s intellectual career: first, his early works, especially his writings on Nietzsche, Spinoza and Bergson; and second, his collaborative writings with Guattari, including A Thousand Plateaus and What is Philosophy? The course will provide an introduction to his most central and difficult concepts and questions – such as what is thinking? What is desire? What is the body? What is force? – and explore their relevance for feminist theory and politics.

Course Requirements:
The course is an intensive course, which will offer two three hour seminars each day for three days. It will require a detailed reading of Deleuze and Guattari’s sometime difficult but always stimulating texts, and vigorous class discussion. The particular format of the course, and the ways in which it may be best organized to facilitate maximum discussion and interaction will be discussed in the first session.

Students who wish to have their writings for the course assessed have a deadline of exactly three months from the completion of the course. Essays should be around 20 pages, double spaced, with a detailed bibliography of texts consulted. They should clearly explain what topic they are addressing and providing an in-depth reading of at least one text by Deleuze (or Deleuze and Guattari). If you plan to submit an essay, it is a good idea to check with me (egrosz@rci.rutgers.edu)first about your topic and appropriate readings.

Primary Texts:
Gilles Deleuze: Nietzsche and Philosophy
Expressionism in Philosophy. Spinoza
Spinoza. Practical Philosophy
Deleuze & Guattari A Thousand Plateaus
What is Philosophy?

Secondary Texts:
Brian Massumi A User’s Guide to Capitalism and Schizophrenia
Brian Massumi Parables for the Virtual
Constantin Boundas The Deleuze Reader
Michael Hardt Deleuze. An Apprenticeship in Philosophy
I Buchanan and C Colebrook (eds) Deleuze and Feminism
Claire Colebrook Gilles Deleuze
Dorothea Olkowski Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation
Rosi Braidotti Metamorphoses

NB Below is a list of seminar topics. * designates the text is in the course reader. Any suggestions, changes or additions are welcome. Some topics will take more than one session.

TOPIC 1: Introduction to Deleuze
Reading: Deleuze and Parnet “A Conversation: What is it? What is it for?” Dialogues*

TOPIC 2:: Nietzsche: Active and Reactive Forces
Reading: Deleuze Nietzsche and Philosophy Athloner, 1983
especially “Active and Reactive” pp. 39-72*

TOPIC 3: Bergson: The Virtual
Reading: Deleuze Bergsonism
Deleuze “Bergson, 159-1941” Desert Islands Semiotexte 2005, pp. 22-30*
Deleuze “Bergson’s Conception of Difference” ibid. , pp. 32-50*
Deleuze and Parnet “The Actual and the Virtual” Dialogues II, Columbia UP, 2002: 148-152*

TOPIC 4: Spinoza: Univocity and Expression
Reading: Deleuze “Spinoza and the Three ‘Ethics” Essays Critical and Clinical, University of Minnesota Press, 138-151.*
Deleuze Expressionism in Philosophy, esp. Chs 11, 13, 14 & Conclusion
G Deleuze Spinoza: Practical Philosophy Chs 1-3, 6
G Deleuze Essays Critical and Clinical, Ch. 17

TOPIC 5: Becomings
Reading: Deleuze and F Guattari “How to Make Yourself a Body Without Organs” A Thousand Plateaus University of Minnesota Press, 149-166
Deleuze and F Guattari “Becoming Animal…” A Thousand Plateaus University of Minnesota Press, 233-309.

TOPIC 6: What is Philosophy?
Reading: Deleuze and Guattari “What is a Concept?” What is Philosophy?* Columbia University Press, 1994, pp. 15-34.
“Conclusion. From Chaos to the Brain” What is Philosophy? Columbia University Press 201-218.
Gilbert Simondon “Genesis of the Individual” Incorporations ed Kwinter and Crary, Zone Books, 192, pp. 297-319.

Background Feminist Texts:
Deleuze “Description of Woman. For a Philosophy of the Sexed Other” Angelaki, 7: 3, 2002, pp. 17-24*
R. Braidotti “Discontinuous Becomings: Deleuze on the Becoming Woman of Philosophy” Nomadic Subjects Columbia University Press, New York 1994, pp.111-123*
C Colebrook “Is Sexual Difference a Problem?” in I Buchanan and C Colebrook (eds) Deleuze and Feminist Theory Edinburgh University Press, 2000, pp. 110-126*
Alison Bray and Claire Colebrook “The Haunted Flesh. Corporeal Feminism and the Politics of Disembodiment” Signs 1998, 24: 1, 35-57*
D Olkowski “Can a Feminist Read Deleuze and Guattari?” Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation University of California Press, 1999, pp. 32-58*
E Grosz “The Force of Sexual Difference’ Time Travels. Feminism, Nature, Power Duke University Press, 171-183.

The course is open for master students, PhD students, post-docs, researchers etc.

The course is free and a reader will be sent out; however, participants must pay their own travel expenses, accommodation and meals.

Register for the course before 7 May to:

28 applicants, 20 participants

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