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Deleuze's Literary Clinic

Criticism and the Politics of Symptoms

Aidan Tynan

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The first study of Deleuze's critical and clinical project

Aidan Tynan addresses Deleuze's assertion that 'literature is an enterprise of health' and shows how a concern of health and illness was a characteristic of his philosophy as a whole, from his earliest works to his groundbreaking collaborations with Guattari, to his final, enigmatic statements on 'life'.

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Introduction: From Symptomatology to Schizoanalysis
Chapter 1: A Case of Thought
Chapter 2: The Paradox of the Body and the Genesis of Form and Content
Chapter 3: Symptoms, Repetition and the Productive Death Instinct
Chapter 4: The Identity of the Critical and the Clinical
Chapter 5: The People to Come

About the Author

Aidan Tynan received a PhD from the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. He has edited a special issue of the journal Deleuze Studies entitled 'Deleuze and the Symptom'.


How should we think about health after Deleuze and Guattari? What kind of symptomatology and idea of the clinical do they affirm? Why is literature at the heart of these questions? With exceptional clarity and sensitivity, Aidan Tynan gives us subtle and much needed answers. His investigation points to a new and liberating critical practice.

- James Williams, University of Dundee

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