COMPLIT 791 - Seminar in Literary Theory
Section: 001 Seminar in Literary Theory: Deleuze and Guattari
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course, we will undertake a close study of the collaborative works of the late French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the late French analyst and activist Felix Guattari: the two volumes of _Capitalism and Schizophrenia_ (Anti-Oedipus, and A Thousand Plateaus), as well as _Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature_ and their last work together, _What is Philosophy?_. Deleuze and Guattari's work has been highly influential for a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Like other such work, however, it has suffered from reductive over-simplifications, both pro and con. The purpose of the seminar is to give participants the opportunity for close, first-hand study of these important thinkers. In addition to the required primary works listed above, students will be given short supplementary texts by Deleuze or Guattari (interviews and short essays). Students will be required carefully to read all required primary materials, to lead at least one of the seminar discussions on the reading for that week, and to present, in a small group with others, one outside work on Deleuze and Guattari to the other participants. The major emphasis of the course, however, will be carefully reading, thinking about, and discussing the four primary texts listed above.

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COMPLIT 791 - Seminar in Literary Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
WF 3:00PM - 5:00PM
002 (SEM)
M 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780231079891
What is philosophy?, Author: Deleuze, Gilles., Publisher: Columbia University Press 1991
ISBN: 9780816612253
Anti-Oedipus : capitalism and schizophrenia, Author: Deleuze, Gilles, 1925-1995., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 1983
ISBN: 9780816614028
A thousand plateaus : capitalism and schizophrenia, Author: Gilles Deleuze ; Felix Guattari, Publisher: Univ. of Minnesota Press 10. print 2003
ISBN: 9780816615155
Kafka: toward a minor literature, Author: Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari ; translation by Dana Polan ; foreword by Reda Bensmaia., Publisher: University of Minnesota Press 7. printin 2000
ISBN: 9780231066013
Dialogues, Author: Gilles Deleuze and Claire Parnet ; translated by Hugh Tomlinson and Barbara Habberjam., Publisher: Columbia University press 1987
ISBN: 9780231075817
Negotiations, 1972-1990, Author: Gilles Deleuze ; translated by Martin Joughin., Publisher: Columbia University Press 1990
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