Monday, August 10, 2009
Purchased at Talking Leaves Books. I have no idea when, or why, or for what purpose -- could have been pleasure, curiosity, interest, or for a class. I am sure I have not read it. Or if I have, I don't remember it. I am surprised I didn't read this book. I read a lot of Deleuze in graduate school. I also read a lot of Foucault. But I did not read Deleuze on Foucault.
It's amazing to think of how much French theory I read in graduate school, given that I was not there to study philosophy, but literature. I wonder if there is an example in any other discipline within the humanities or sciences wherein the work of a handful or writers from a different discipline came to such prominence within that other discipline. I can't think of one.
Personally, I always like reading philosophers as philosophers and not as critical theorists, but I very much like to read them alongside everything else I am reading. I find reading Deleuze very much like reading good poetry. His work has a density to it that is at once opaque and tantalizing. It always seems to be pointing towards some beautiful concept just out of reach. You can just see the outlines of his thought, but you can't ever quite see the whole architecture, and yet somehow that's not the most important part anyhow. It's enough to know it might be there and that you might someday get to see it.
The last thing I'd ever want to do is apply it to literature.
from A New Archivist:
A new archivist has been appointed. But has anyone actually appointed him? Is he not rather acting on his own instructions? Certain malevolent people say that he is the new representative of a structural technology or technocracy. Others, mistaking their insults for wit, claim that he is a supporter of hitler, or at least that he offends the rights of man (they will not forgive him for having proclaimed the 'death of man'). Some say that he is a shammer who cannot back himself up with reference to the sacred texts, and who seldom quotes the great philosophers. Others, though, claim that something radically new has appeared in philosophy, and that this work is as beautiful as those it challenges. It celebrates the dawn of a new age.