8/06/2007

apparetnly becomings literary.....

dont know what anyone knows except the unknowings of becomings. denials river runs mighty deep.



from

Kamaal Haque

Becoming-Literary-Critic



"A curious omission from the discussion of Kleist and the war machine, however, is Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In Mille Plateaux, Deleuze and Guattari repeatedly contrast Goethe negatively in light of Kleist’s work. For example, they state, »Tout l’oeuvre de Kleist est parcourue par une machine de guerre invoquée contre l’Etat, par une machine musicale invoquée contre la peinture ou le ›tableau‹. C’est curieux comme Goethe, et Hegel, ont la haine de cette nouvelle écriture«. 6 Several chapters later, they return to the subject, declaring »Lenz et Kleist affrontaient Goethe, génie grandiose, veritable homme d’Etat parmi tous les hommes de lettres«. 7 Finally, when discussing different types of space, they postulate »Pour le moment, il faudrait seulement dire qu’il y a deux sortes de voyage, qui se distinguent par le role respectif du point, de la ligne et de l’espace. Voyage-Goethe et voyage-Kleist?«. 8 In the above examples, Deleuze and Guattari are clearly thinking of such works as Wilhelms Meisters Lehrjahre and, perhaps, the Italienische Reise when they make this distinction between Kleist and Goethe. The distinction is less tenable when one considers more ›minor‹ Goethean masterpieces, such as the West-östlicher Divan and, even, Faust II. It would have been interesting to read Bogue’s analysis of this passage, which is of prime importance for the discussion of literature and space in Mille Plateaux."