Deleuze and Literature
MA COURSE: SPRING TERM
Course Tutor: Darren Ambrose (Room 2.56)
Classes will be held on Tuesdays, in S0.17 on Tuesdays 2pm-4pm. This is a ten-week course; the first class will be in week 2. Classes will be a mixture of lectures from the course tutor, presentations from graduates and discussions.
This module will provide an opportunity to explore certain aspects of Gilles Deleuze’s contribution to the contemporary philosophical understanding of literature. We will focus upon analysing some of the broader ontological questions connected to Deleuze’s aesthetics theory before concentrating upon specific issues concerning philosophy’s relation to literary language, form and creativity. Topics will include the role of literature as the production of what Deleuze terms ‘lines of flight’ and the creation of ‘visions and auditions’; the notion of Minor Language; the vocation of literature; and the creative pedagogy associated with literature. We will focus largely upon Deleuze’s treatment of two ‘literary’ authors – Kafka and Beckett; but the course will also make reference to Deleuze’s analyses of Melville, Hardy, Woolf, Lawrence and Fitzgerald.
By the end of this course graduates will have gained an advanced understanding and critical appreciation of Deleuze’s philosophical treatment of literature. They will have developed a sophisticated understanding of certain key notions within that treatment, including the literary affect, literary sense, the ‘line of flight’ within literature, and the themes of ‘becoming-animal. They will also have gained an appreciation of a number of recent critical engagements with Deleuze’s philosophy, including Badiou, Zizek, Rancierre and Alliez. Through seminar presentations and essay assignments they will have had the opportunity to cultivate advanced reading and writing skills. By the end of the course a graduate should be in a position to know what it is to develop literacy in philosophical reading and demonstration.