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Deleuze and the Animal

Edited by Colin Gardner, Patricia MacCormack

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The first volume to address the animal in Deleuze’s work, looking at philosophy, aesthetics and ethics

Becoming-animal is a key concept for Deleuze and Guattari; the ambiguous idea of the animal as human and nonhuman life infiltrates all of Deleuze’s work. These 16 essays apply Deleuze’s work to analysing television, film, music, art, drunkenness, mourning, virtual technology, protest, activism, animal rights and abolition. Each chapter questions the premise of the animal and critiques the centrality of the human. This collection creates new questions about what the age of the Anthropocene means by ‘animal’ and analyses and explores examples of the unclear boundaries between human and animal.

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Introduction, Colin Gardner and Patricia MacCormack

Part I: Undoing Anthropocentrism: Becoming-Animal and the Non-Human
1. Ahuman Abolition, Patricia MacCormack
2. Brutal Thoughts: Laruelle and Deleuze on Human Animal Stupidity, John Ó Maoilearca
3. The Oedipal Animal? Companion Species and Becoming, Joanna Bednarek

Part II: Vectors of Becoming-Imperceptible: the Multiplicity of the Pack
4. Louis Malle’s Kleistian War Machine: Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Woman, Becoming-Imperceptible in Black Moon (1975), Colin Gardner
5. Ant and Empire: Myrmetic Writing, Simulation, and the Problem of Reciprocal Becomings, Zach Horton
6. Music-becoming-animal in works by Grisey, Aperghis and Levinas, Edward Campbell
7. Un/Becoming Claude Cahun: Zigzagging in a Pack, renée c. hoogland

Part III: Animal Politics, Animal Death: Transversal Connectivities and the Creation of an Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm
8. Bridging Bateson, Deleuze and Guattari through Metamodelization: What Brian Massumi Can Teach Us about Animal Politics, Colin Gardner
9. Becoming-shewolf and ethics of solidarity in Once Upon a Time: Feminist and posthumanist re-assembling of Little Red Riding Hood, Nur Ozgenalp
10. Hannibal aux aguets: On the Lookout for New Rencontres, Charles Stivale
11. The Unmournable Animal Death, Laurence Rickels

Part IV: Animal Re-territorializations in Art and Cinema
12. Five Meditations on ‘How to Make a Territory with the Work of Art?’, Gregg Lambert
13. Becoming-Animal Cinema Narrative, Dennis Rothermel
14. Deleuze and Roxy: The Time of the Intolerable and Godard’s Adieu au langage, Ronald Bogue

Part V: Transverse Animalities: Ecosophical Becomings
15. Interkingdoms of Alcohol: Interspecies Assemblages, Sobriety, and Intoxication, Gary Genosko
16. Becoming-Wolf: From Wolfman to the Tree Huggers of Turkey, Serazer Pekerman

Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Colin Gardner is Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies in the departments of Art, Film and Media Studies, the History of Art and Architecture, and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Karel Reisz (Manchester University Press, 2007) and Joseph Losey (Manchester University Press, 2004).

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK. She is the the author of Cinesexuality (Ashgate/Routledge 2008) and Posthuman Ethics: Embodiment and Cultural Theory (Ashgate/Routledge 2012), editor of The Animal Catalyst: Toward Ahuman Theory (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Cinema (Continuum, 2008).


This book offers us a variety of perspectives both on the animals that we are, and on the animals that we will never be able to know or to become. It is a timely reminder of the many processes and relations linking us to the "buzzing, blooming confusion" around us.

- Steven Shaviro, Wayne State University

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