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Anti-Oedipus (Deleuze & Guattari)


Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. 1972 (L'Anti-Oedipe). Trans. Robert Hurley, Mark Seem, Helen R. Lane. 13 ed. 2008. (U of Minnesota P, Minneapolis: 1983.)

Summary:

Everything is flux. We are machines that desire. Every organ machine requires an energy machine. TBC...








Key quotes and ideas:
  1. It seems like a major direction of the text is to become a raw desiring machine ("machine" may be the wrong word), or to strip oneself of all qualities that restrict desire. One of the first elements that D&G drop is the organs of the body. (See sect. 2 "The body without organs")
    • Body without organs is unbridled potentiality--the virtual body
  2. Closes ch. 1 with an absolute denial of mother/father (Oedipal) representation for the child. As s/he interacts with parts (e.g., the mother's breast), the child does not make it a synecdoche for the mother herself. It does not represent the mother for the child.