When we met up with Dr. Kunhammad in Kannur months back, we all had such a delightful rendezvous over a cuppa in his (HoD’s) room.
There, we were discussing a whole lot of literary delights, from Spivak to Deleuze, giving little heed to Time’s wing’d chariot!
It was then, during this enlightening chit chat, that I chanced to know that Dr. Kunhammad is a Deleuzean! And howww!
This proved the much-needed impetus for me to revive my reading on Deleuze, and I was surprised to find some delightful, lovely streaks that links him with a host of philosophers, Heidegger in particular! This Heideggerian streak runs through Deleuze, on a host of concepts, much more so, with the concept of assemblage and that of the rhizome in particular!
But I’m still quite confused on a lot of his ideas. So me thought of reproducing some of them that I found a bit more easy on the eyes and mind!
Thanks a million to Dr. Kunhammad for lighting the Deleuzean spark in us all!
This critique, given below, is from a book on Deleuze’s A Thousand Plateaus by Brent Adkins.
If I could give a tentative title for this passage that’s featured below, I would say…
Which do you prefer? Stability or Change?
Wanna have a stable schema for life, or changing vistas for life?
So here goes…
Between Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari collaborated on a book that’s on Kafka.
Kafka continues many of the themes found in Anti-Oedipus, such as Oedipus and desire, and anticipates many of the themes that will be taken up in A Thousand Plateaus, such as immanence and assemblage.
I want to show that the concept of "assemblage" (agencement) provides the book with its thematic unity.
Deleuze himself is quite explicit about this.
When asked in an interview about the unity of A Thousand Plateaus, he replies, "I think it is the idea of an assemblage."
We can think of "assemblage" as an answer to the venerable philosophical question, What is a thing?