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Deleuze and the Postcolonial

Edited by Simone Bignall, Paul Patton

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This is the first collection of essays bringing together Deleuzian philosophy and postcolonial theory. Bignall and Patton assemble some of the world's leading figures in these fields - including Reda Bensmaïa, Timothy Bewes, Rey Chow, Philip Leonard, Nick Nesbitt, John K. Noyes, Patricia Pisters, Marcelo Svirsky and Simon Tormey - to explore rich linkages between two previously unrelated areas of study.

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Introduction. Deleuze and Postcolonialism
1. Living in Smooth Space: Deleuze, Postcolonialism and the Subaltern
2. Postcolonial Theory and the Materiality of Desire
3. Postcolonial Visibilities: Questions Inspired by Deleuze's Method
4. Affective Assemblages: Ethics Beyond Enjoyment
5. The Postcolonial Event: Deleuze, Glissant, and the Problem of the Political
6. Postcolonial Haecceities
7. 'Another Perspective on the World': Shame and Subtraction in Louis Malle's L'Inde fantome
8. Becoming-Nomad: Territorialisation and Resistance in J. M. Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians
9. Violence and Laughter: Paradoxes of Nomadic Thought and Postcolonial Cinema
10. The Production of Terra Nullius and the Zionist-Palestinian Conflict
11. Virtually Postcolonial?
12. In Search of the Perfect Escape: Deleuze, Movement, and Canadian Postcolonialism
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Simone Bignall is an adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She has published widely on issues concerning colonialism and postcolonialism. She is the author of Postcolonial Agency (2010) and the co-editor, with Paul Patton, of Deleuze and the Postcolonial (2010), both published by Edinburgh University Press.

Paul Patton is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Deleuze and the Political (Routledge, 2005), is the editor of Deleuze: A Critical Reader (Blackwell, 1996) and co-editor with John Protevi of Between Deleuze and Derrida (Continuum, 2003). He has contributed to a number of our published titles on Deleuze including The Deleuze Dictionary, Deleuze and the Social, The Edinburgh Dictionary of Continental Philosophy. He also translated Gilles Deleuze's key philosophical work Difference and Repetition in 1994.


A welcome addition to the ever-riotous assembly of decoloniality.

- JPN - Journal of Postcolonial Networks

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