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Deleuze and Children

Edited by Markus P. J. Bohlmann, Anna Hickey-Moody

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The first collection of essays to focus on Deleuze and Guattari’s writing on children

This collection applies the characterisations of children and childhood made in Deleuze and Guattari‘s work to concerns that have shaped our idea of the child. Bringing together established and new voices, the authors cover philosophy, literature, religious studies, education, sociology and film studies.

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Markus P. J. Bohlmann and Anna Hickey-Moody

Part I: Deleuze and Children

1. Deleuze, Guattari and Partial Objects
Kenneth Surin

2. Little Hans and the Pedagogies of Heterosexuality
Anna Hickey-Moody

3. Undoing the Parent-Function: The Metaphysics and Politics of a Deleuzian Child
Ohad Zehavi

4. Beyond Surface Articulation: Alice and the Hermunculus
Helen Palmer

Part II: Children and Deleuze

5. Pathways through the Labyrinth: Deleuze’s Gothic Child in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980)
Anna Powell

6. ‘Just Tell Them I’m a Chipmunk’: Transgender Children and the Breach in the Oedipal Gender Assemblage
Mat Fournier

7. Affective Atmospheres: Joy, Ethics and the Howl of Children and Young People’s (A)Sexuality
Ian Thomas

8. Affect, Play and Becoming-Musicking
Chris Stover

9. Temporalities of Children’s Literature: Chronos, Aion and Incorporeal Ageing
Jane Newland

10. Children, Deleuze and Worlding
Markus P.J. Bohlmann

11. Child, Baby, Embryo, Brain, Monster
Jon Roffe



About the Author

Markus Bohlmann is Professor of English at Seneca College, Toronto. He is co-editor of Monstrous Children and Childish Monsters: Essays on Cinema’s Holy Terrors (McFarland, 2015) and Misfits: Children with a Twist (Lexington Books, 2017).

Anna Hickey-Moody is a Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT University, Australia, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, 2017-2021. She holds visiting professor positions at Columbia University, USA, Goldsmiths College, London, and the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. From 2013 to 2016, she was the Head of the PhD in Arts and Learning and Director of the Centre for Arts and Learning at Goldsmiths College. She has also held teaching and research positions at the University of Sydney, Monash, and UniSA, Australia. Anna has published a significant amount of work in Affect studies. Her recent publications include; Deleuzian Encounters: Studies in Contemporary Issues (2007), ‘Deleuze’s Children’ in Educational Philosophy and Theory (2013), ‘Affect as Method: Feelings, Aesthetics, and Affective Pedagogy’ in Deleuze and Research Methodologies (2013) and her upcoming book Deleuze and the Pedagogy of Gender: Masculinity and Methodology (2019).


With pleasing rigour and sly provocation, this essential volume frees the child from Oedipal jail. The child now boldly, and no less beautifully, lucidly sits in radical hands.

- Kathryn Bond Stockton, University of Utah

This timely new book frees the affective play of childhood from the conceptual persona of the child, reminding readers that the age of childhood never passes. Herein lies a strategy, reiterated on every page, for the invention of new social and political worlds grounded in the praxis of the becoming-child.

- Cameron Duff, RMIT University

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